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KCRA Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal, U-2 Pilot

February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Friday, February 13, 2015, might as well have been called “Mike Carroll Day” at KCRA because I had two separate stories that ran on the news — “Calling All Dreamers” in the 6 o’clock, and...

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KCRA Calling All Dreamers

February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it rains, it pours! In the last two weeks of December I did four reporter-photographer packages for KCRA. I’ve wanted to do another package–or a couple more!– since then, but not had the opportunity....

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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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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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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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In the second of what is going to be 3-Parts, here is the story that ran on KCRA-3’s Common Ground magazine show on Saturday, November 20, 2013. The story was shot during my week-and-a-half of...

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This is a follow-up to an earlier post about the independent Sacramento-produced film Stolen Moments, which premiered in this year’s Sacramento Film & Music Festival. This story is twice as long as the news story...

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As I write this, America has been in a state of war for a dozen years since 2001. The United States has withdrawn its combat troops from Iraq and next year, in 2014, is scheduled...

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(My thanks to David Bienick for the photos of me filming the fire.) When you work in TV news you usually never know what you’re going to be doing when you start the day. My...

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It’s hard to believe that 22 years ago on January 17, 1991, the U.S. first started dropping bombs on Iraq. These are massively big international news stories, but they have to be covered on the local...

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As I detailed in my book Breaking Into TV News, I wanted to turn myself into a reliable reporter-photographer to make myself more valuable on the news staff. One of my goals in this plan...

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I love the Fourth of July and I love the independent spirit of the people of this country. A part of that independent spirit is reflected in the local neighborhood parades that take place in...

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July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I presented a daily news story that ran on KCRA Channel 3 Reports. This is an expanded magazine version of that story which ran on KCRA’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground...

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Last weekend I was sent out to shoot a quick V.O. (voice over) of the once-a-month vet clinic that veterinarians and vet students from the U .C. Davis Hospital of Veterinary Medicine provide for the...

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KCRA Ilsa Hess – Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip

May 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Several months ago I was sent to cover Veg Fest, an all-vegetarian food & health event, for KCRA-3‘s weekend news. One of the people we interviewed there was Ilsa Hess, who was selling her all-vegan...

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KCRA Midtown Farmers Market 4-27-2013

May 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a same day news story — as both photographer and reporter — so I’m very glad to resent this latest addition. Last weekend my Saturday was all mapped...

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One thing I love about working in TV news is that almost every day when I come into work I never know what I’m going to be doing. This was the case last Thursday when...

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