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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 —


KCRA — Baylie Hankins–Modesto Cop-For-A-Day

February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Friday, February 16, 2018 As I pulled into the KCRA employee parking lot to start my day, as almost always, I had no idea what I would be doing. But I was hopeful that I...

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KCRA — Blood Drive for Life

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The annual KCRA Blood Drive for Life is underway. KCRA partners with Blood Source every year to raise awareness for the need for blood donations and to fill the local Blood Source blood bank with...

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KCRA–Tibetan Manjishru Sand Art

January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

As I blogged earlier back in November, for the past few years I have volunteered to word the big three holidays–Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years–and do my reporter-photographer stories. This time around I only got...

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Thursday, December 28, 2017 I was just finishing up my work on my reporter-photographer story on a fallen CHP officer, a sad story, but one we had to cover–and would be wrong not to cover–and one that...

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December 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 27, 2017 I walked into the newsroom at 9:30 AM, my normal start time, making it a point to walk by the assignment desk first to let them know I was there....

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December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

For the third year in a row now I have volunteered to work the big holidays and give somebody a break for this Christmas. And for the third year in a row I have done...

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KCRA Thanksgiving at Sutter Children’s Center

November 23, 2017 | 1 Comments

In keeping with my own personal Holiday Tradition, I have volunteered to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. This was Day One of Three. In advance I sent out e-mails to my managers at...

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I love Goodwill Industries. As a kid my folks would occasionally take us to a Goodwill back when I was growing up in St. Louis. My dad went looking for old things that would take...

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KCRA 1st Day of School — GoPro

August 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

As I’ve stated many times–what I love so much about my job as a TV news cameraman at KCRA-3 TV News is that when I walk into the newsroom I have no idea where the...

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KCRA – Summer Snow Skiing at Squaw Valley

June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

In every career you are blessed with a handful of great days that you will never forget. A few of mine were spent were: A morning spent with the great filmmaker Carroll Ballard (The Black...

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KCRA Meets Cinema Vérité—Street nurse

June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every news story has its own style, just as with every documentary and dramatic film. When I go out on a news story I have no idea about the shots I will get, but I...

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When you work in the field of journalism you never know when breaking news is going to occur and, in an instant, you have to shift gears and whatever you were doing before he has...

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As I may have mentioned before on this site, at KCRA we invest a lot of time and effort into weather coverage and its impacts and effects. Snow, rain, heat, drought–these elements effect us all,...

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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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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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