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 weeks, months without turning a story that they like or that stands out or that they are proud of. This...

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KCRA–Rescuing South Korean Dogs

May 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

It should be no secret to anyone that I am a big time dog lover. (Don’t get me wrong, I love cats as well, but you can’t easily walk cats.) I love walking a dog or dogs. In recent years I’ve walked as many as four at a time. (I know, I can’t believe it...

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Two weeks ago I ran a story that I reported, photographed and edited for KCRA-3 TV News about “Left”–an original musical show written by Thom Green and David Blanchard, inspired by the classic novel Lord of the Flies, and adapted for all-girls. It was an extraordinary show that I hope more high schools will stage....

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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 part in the film. A few months back I was coming out of the checkout line at Trader Joe’s and ran...

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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 of my life, although cats and greyhounds do not get along. This story initially came about, like most of my...

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Bookstores–Part 1: I Love Books!

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love bookstores! In my career I’ve had to pack up and move across country a couple of times, tossing a million things into boxes, and my most beloved possessions in those boxes are a couple of hundred books that have been a part of my life since—well, forever. My books are like the molecules...

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KCRA’s Common Ground–The Mike Carroll Show

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Almost every month of the year KCRA airs a magazine program called Common Ground, which I have written about a number of times here over the years. I do the post-production on the show and strive to contribute at least one story a month. On occasion I have had two stories in the same show....

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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 I was in the area I decided to check out a used bookstore. I Googled “used bookstores Yuba City” and...

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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 schedule, don’t get a job in TV news. (And these jobs are hard as hell to get!) It’s Marting Luther...

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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 life. What’s the most interesting story you’ve been on?” “This one right here, because it’s where I’m at now.” From...

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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, we always shoot weather video — footage of the highways to show weather and road conditions. We typically shoot these...

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Batting 4-For-3 — At Channel Three

January 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to 2016! 2015 was a big year. To be honest, I think every year is a big year. Or should be. I think every year has value if we truly look back on it and see the accomplishments — personal, professional, family, relationships, direction, etc. — and see that, regardless of how it looked...

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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 the holidays. It helps out the shooters with kids to be able to be with their families. And I get...

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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 was riding it twenty miles from where I lived, never letting my parents know how far I was going and...

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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 filmmaking and focusing my creative juices on my TV journalism/photojournalism work at KCRA (which is a paying gig!), and other...

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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 like showing up and the day becomes and improv, like Jazz, that you just go with, and respond to. I’m...

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I Am NOT Making A New Film—And Why

December 13, 2015 | 1 Comments

(Advance To Reader: This Is A Diary Entry–What I’ve been up to, what I haven’t been doing & why. This is more written. And more will follow in subsequent entries. I’m still here. I’m still writing. I’m still posting videos when I do them. I’m not taking off any time soon!!!) Every time I run...

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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 news to shooting and being my own reporter. Certainly also with my films as a writer-producer-director-cameraman-editor-distributor. But these efforts have...

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