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This is a new page for archiving my posts on shooting TV news — the stories that I’ve done and posting on this site, as well as my blogs about what I do as a TV news shooter and one-man TV news reporter. This may expand into other things as well. I’ve had several people ask me lately about what my next book will be about and whether it could be about how I do TV news, a field that they are very interested in themselves.

If you have any thoughts or interests in such a book — especially if you’d be someone who would actually buy a copy! — please send me a note.

I’m also on Facebook and welcome hearing from people, what your interests are and if you visit this site and how often.

Many thanks — and more to come —

MIKE

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KCRA—The Last Bookstore in Truckee

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love books! And I love bookstores!! Just yesterday I was up in Yuba City chasing rain for KCRA. (I have written before about our extensive weather coverage.) It was time for lunch and since...

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KCRA–50 Bikes for 50 Kids

January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t normally work on Mondays, but this week I’m not only working Tuesday-Saturday, I’m working Monday-Saturday. Six days. But this is the job. As I always tell people, if you want a regular work...

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One thing that people have been saying a lot to me these days (and I wonder if it’s because I’m sporting  all-gray hair now) is,  “I’ll bet you’ve seen a lot of things in your...

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GoPro in the Sierra Nevadas

January 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is just going to be a short one. When KCRA news shooters at are assigned to head “up to the hill” into the mountains to cover the winter snows, in addition to our new stories,...

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KCRA—First Baby Born in Sacramento 2016

January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Going into the 2015 Holidays, I told the news managers at KCRA that my goal was to turn a reporter-photographer package on all three of the major holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. I’d volunteered to work...

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KCRA–GoPro–Beverley Carlson, E-Bike Rider

December 26, 2015 | 1 Comments

I love bicycles! I got my first bicycle when I was 13 – a used orange 10-speed Schwinn. It opened up my world. I rode that bike EVERYWHERE! By the time I was fifteen I...

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2015 has been a wild year for me. Some of which I’ve mentioned here recently, others I may bring up at a later date. Among them, my recent article on my taking a break from...

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A News Day-In-The-Life: When I come into work in the mornings I almost never know what I’m going to be doing or where I’m going to be going that day. And I like that. I...

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GoPro–Three Camera Shoot–One Cameraman

November 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Doing more with less.” We’ve heard this a lot over the past number of years, particularly in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn. I’ve taken advantage of that ethos in expanding from shooting TV...

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KCRA Salvation Army Food Truck Thanksgiving

November 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ever since I’ve been shooting TV news, if I’m working Thanksgiving Day, I can count on being at shelter or a church filming traditional Thanksgiving meals being served to those in need. It just goes...

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KCRA—Nello Olivo Grape Harvest 2015    

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anyone who’s read any of this site will know that I love vineyards and will look for any opportunity to do a wine story. There’s something so beautiful about the symmetry of the lines of...

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KCRA – Filming the Firefights

September 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been a helluva couple weeks in Northern California. Two fires broke out—literally exploded—in a matter of days. One—the Valley Fire in the Calistoga, northern Napa and Sonoma area—went from 0 acres to 20,000 acres...

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GoPro Gets Organic — Part 5

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

What I love about the GoPro camera is that they seem to be able to go just about anywhere. For this story I just wanted it to go to the ground. We’ve all probably been...

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I’m often asked, “How do you get a job shooting in TV news?” If you try my book, Breaking Into TV News, I detail the step-by-step process to how new people, predominantly college students, can...

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Saturday, May 15, 2015 Normally I work the morning-afternoon shift on Saturdays at KCRA, working 7 AM-4 PM. But this particular Saturday I traded with one of the nightside shooters so he could attend the...

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The Amgen Tour of California begins today in Sacramento and KCRA-3 TV kicked it off with lengthy coverage of the morning preparations on KCRA Reports at 7 AM and 8AM, our daily two-hour news block. the morning...

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If you’ve been dropping in on my GoPro series, I’ve been trying to incorporate GoPro footage as much as I can, using the little action camera as a primary news camera. I’m still using my...

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GoPro Goes News–The first story–Part 3

April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

This all got started when back in January my incredible sister Margo Carroll sent me a text with a picture of a Bolex H16 16mm movie camera that was at an auction she was attending....

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