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This is the third story in three years dealing with wintertime conditions and Donner Ski Ranch>. California has abruptly gone from five years of drought, where one year I never once went “up the hill”–our...

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On Christmas Day, I posted the news story that I reported, photographed & edited that aired in the KCRA Sunday evening newscasts. In my blog I told of the time that was spent in editing...

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Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 This is the second of my holiday reporter-photographer stories. On this morning my shift started at 5:30 AM. Normally I’d be going out with a reporter and doing live...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016—Darrell Steinberg is inaugurated as Sacramento’s new mayor. I’ve been covering Darrell Steinberg (D) for 20 years, when he was first elected to the Sacramento City Council, then when he became a...

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KCRA Thanksgiving on North B Street

November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Working the Holidays: Working in TV news is like very few other regular jobs. TV news goes on the air 365 days a year. There are no holidays. Over the course of a career you’re...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016—I went into the afternoon meeting—where the producers, reporters, web desk writers meet to discuss the stories to do for the 10 & 11 o’clock news. “Hey, Mike—you have an idea for...

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This is probably the biggest story that I’ve ever tackled as a one-person reporter-photographer. I like doing stories that have weight and serious meat to them, but this is the first time I’ve ever done...

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KCRA — 9-11 Flag Memorial — GoPro

September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love photographing the American flag. I find it deeply moving. I’ve always enjoyed filming Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I just find the American flag to be very important, personal, and that...

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KCRA — Rise of the Reel — All-GoPro

August 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

For some time now I’ve said I wanted to try a story that was shot entirely with the GoPro Hero 3+ that my marvelous sister Margo sent me a year-and-a-half ago. KCRA anchor Edie Lambert (@KCRAEdieLambert)...

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KCRA — Saving Feral Kittens

August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

(NOTE: All of the frame-grab photos on this page are from shots in the news story that were filmed using the GoPro Hero 3+.) Several months back I posted a KCRA news story that I...

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(NOTE: This is not a political story, and is not about being pro or con on any political/social issue. The only “pro” in this posting is “professional” and is about covering these types of events in...

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When photographers put stories together, it’s always presumed that they’re going to be strong on visuals, filled with lots of cool, exciting images and fast-editing. And many times this is the case. But there are...

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Going Pro: A Touch of Understanding

June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most of my posts are about stories that I do one-man/1-person/as a reporter-photographer. This is one of those exceptions. I’m posting this story to show how well a reporter and photographer can work together as...

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A number of times over the years I’ve on here about stories I’ve done on the Land Park Volunteer Corps, area residents who pitch in one Saturday a month to help keep William S. Land...

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This is part of a series that I call “Week of Good Stories.” I can’t think of a single work week in my 33 years in the TV news business where every day was a good...

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After working with KCRA sports anchor/reporter  Michelle Dapper (@KCRAdapper) at the beginning of the week on Tuesday on a profile on Olympic running hopeful Lea Wallace, our chemistry and shared style was so similar that she...

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This is a continuation in my “Week of Good Stories” series–stories that I have done just over the course of a week. In the news business it’s often said–it’s old, but true–that you’re only as...

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This is a continuation of the series of “Week of Good Stories” that I have worked on in just the past week or so. Saturday morning. I get in at 7 a.m. to shoot live...

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