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KCRA The 2015 Running Season Begins!

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Saturday, January 3, 2015. The first weekend day of the new year. It’s a Saturday so, of course, I’m working. And Saturdays are typically short-staffed, like every workplace, so I will typically be given a...

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KCRA Restaurants Optimistic for 2015

January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Christmas Day last week I just wanted to go out and do one of my own packages. I started out this New Year’s Day by continuing that holiday spirit and texting the KCRA assignment desk requesting to do the same....

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News is a 24/7 business. No matter what day of the week, month, year, holiday, whatever — the show must go on. In the 31 years I’ve been shooting TV news I’ve had Christmas day...

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It’s late in December, which means that in TV news you’re going to be doing a lot of stories about Christmas shopping, food & toy collection drives, giveaways to the needy, not to mention snow...

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I am a fanatic about editing and starting a shot on just the right frame — and frames in TV in the U.S. roll at 30-frames-per-second. But in editing, being off by so much as...

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KCRA PTSD Golf

November 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I often tell people that I don’t believe in Heaven, but I do believe in angels. One of the angels who is always looking over me is Melissa Chacon on the KCRA assignment desk. She...

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In "The Buzz Room" with KCRA anchor Brian Heap. (Formerly of my Wichita station KWCH-TV.)

KCRA Election Night-In “The Buzz Room”

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Election night is a big deal in TV news stations across the country. At KCRA in Sacramento, California, it is an institution. Once our prime news hours begin at 5 o’clock in the afternoon our...

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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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