Personal Best — 5 Reporter-Photographer stories in 10-Days

Published On January 6, 2018 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories

As reported here earlier, going into the Big Three Holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day — I had volunteered to work all three, letting the managers know that my goal was to keep up the holiday tradition I started a few years back of working all the holidays and doing reporter-photographer stories on all three.

I managed to achieve this on Thanksgiving and Christmas. New Years Day, however, I was not on the schedule. I was forced to not work on a national holiday. I held my tongue and cooled my temper.

Then I returned to work on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, and was asked to cover a tragic story about CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri, who was accidentally killed by a D.U.I. driver on Christmas Eve.

The following day I worked a night shift. But I efforted to do a story about the snow skiing conditions in the mountains for the remainder of the holidays.

This made me think . . .

Since I could not achieve my goal of 3-for-3 with the Big Three Holidays, what if I could achieve 5-out-of-10 —

Get 5 reporter-photographer packages on-the-air in 10 working days.

That became my goal. And I achieved it yesterday with the KCRA Blood Drive for Life.

Of the five stories, two were assigned/offered to me by the news managers & assignment desk — CHP Fallen Officer & Tibetan sand art. The other three stories were ones that I initiated. I am proud of them all & grateful to KCRA for allowing me to do them on my own and broadcasting them.

Here they are in order:

December 25, 2017 — KCRA Donner Ski Ranch Christmas 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 — CHP Fallen Officer Bell Ringing

Friday, December 29, 2017 — Boreal Man-Made Snow

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 — Tibetan Sand Art

Friday, January 5, 2018 — KCRA Blood Drive for Life

Would I like to do this as often in the future?


Every day? I don’t know. But a few times a week? YES!

Thank you to my fellow workers at KCRA for the encouragement, support, and–most of all–the trust.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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