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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

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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This is another in the continuation of the “Week of Good Stories” series; stories that I have worked on in just the pas weak or so. I love bicycles! The Amgen Tour of California wrapped...

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This was from Day Two in the “Week of Good Stories.” The day after having shot & reported the Folsom City Works Day, I came into the KCRA newsroom at 7 a.m. and sent out...

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This is the first of something special here. A series called, “Week of Good Stories.” This is not meant to imply “feel good” stories. Although they all are very positive. In TV news, journalists/photojournalists can go...

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David Blanchard and Thom Green, two close personal friends, who I met when making my film Nightbeats. They helped to coordinate the nightclub music, which David arranged and performed, and Thom played a small by pivotal...

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KCRA – Rocklin Kids Raise Cash for Cats

February 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love cats! I’ve written several times on this site about my love of dogs, and involvement with greyhounds and greyhound rescue. But I am also a big cat person. I’ve had cats for much...

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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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