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Common Ground – Jarrett Heather – Expanded

August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I posted a same-day news story about Jarrett Heather, the tech guy for the California Department of Food and Agriculture who, in his spare time, made the #1 most-watched music video...

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Common Ground – Tai Chi in Land Park

August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

For six or seven years now, since Bonnie and I have gotten into greyhounds, we have been walking our dogs through William Land Park. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful park in Sacramento,...

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Sacramento Zoo Director Mary Healy Remembered

August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the afternoon of Friday, August 8, 2014, Sacramento news organizations learned that Mary Healy, the director of the Sacramento Zoo, had died suddenly and unexpectedly the day before. She had been on vacation with...

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Mike Carroll Day on KCRA-3

August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I’ve written here a few times before, I like having the opportunities to do my own stories as a photographer-reporter (or reporter-photographer, which ever way you’d prefer) but sometimes I can go for weeks...

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What does state worker Jarrett Heather at the California Department of Food and Agriculture do in his spare time? Single-handedly create Weird Al Yankovic’s #1 music video “Word Crimes” on Youtube. In the first week...

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Navarro Vineyard & Winery 7-19-2014

July 21, 2014 | 1 Comments

Every year the California State Fair (which going on as I write this on July 21, 2014) holds a highly esteemed wine competition of commercially produced wines from across the state. For KCRA-3’s once-a-month magazine...

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KCRA Free Comic Book Day 2014

May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I was handed this assignment I absolutely couldn’t wait to get there.  The subject was Free Comic Book Day — something that I had never heard of, but which I learned has been going...

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In this post I started out wanting to provide a moment-by-moment chronicle of covering one of my one-person reporter-photographer TV news stories. But as you will see, when you’re covering a the mountains without the best of...

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The vast majority of stories that I work on I will get involved with professionally, but generally there is a certain professional detachment that prevents you from getting too involved emotionally on a personal level. Every...

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KCRA Alpha K9 & Canon 7D Synch

February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am always on the lookout for a story that I can do as a one-person reporter-photographer. I get ideas from friends, something I see when I’m driving around, the Internet and news sites. This...

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So I had a week and a half of vacation. When it started out I had no plans. But I wanted to shoot something with the Canon 7D. I’ve had the camera since the 7D...

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In the second of what is going to be 3-Parts, here is the story that ran on KCRA-3′s Common Ground magazine show on Saturday, November 20, 2013. The story was shot during my week-and-a-half of...

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A month ago I had a week and a half off. Time to rest the mind and think about things other than news and filmmaking. So on the Monday morning at the beginning of the...

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KCRA Ground Cow Restaurant Closes 11-14-2013

November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I was given the go-ahead to start doing my own stories as both a photographer and reporter, I tried to focus on business stories about what small business were doing to keep afloat in the...

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KCRA Sacramento Juvenile Hall Job Fair

November 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

This is one of my same-day packages for KCRA-3. It seems like forever since I’ve done one. I’d like to do one or two a week, but I only get to do one of these...

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KCRA Nello Olivo Vineyard Harvest

November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Several weeks ago I wrote a post about a wild day that started with me leaving the house at 6 AM to drive up to Cameron Park (some thirty miles or so outside of Sacramento on...

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This is a follow-up to an earlier post about the independent Sacramento-produced film Stolen Moments, which premiered in this year’s Sacramento Film & Music Festival. This story is twice as long as the news story...

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As I write this, America has been in a state of war for a dozen years since 2001. The United States has withdrawn its combat troops from Iraq and next year, in 2014, is scheduled...

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