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In "The Buzz Room" with KCRA anchor Brian Heap. (Formerly of my Wichita station KWCH-TV.)

KCRA Election Night-In “The Buzz Room”

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Election night is a big deal in TV news stations across the country. At KCRA in Sacramento, California, it is an institution. Once our prime news hours begin at 5 o’clock in the afternoon our...

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In this post I started out wanting to provide a moment-by-moment chronicle of covering one of my one-person reporter-photographer TV news stories. But as you will see, when you’re covering a the mountains without the best of...

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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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A month ago I had a week and a half off. Time to rest the mind and think about things other than news and filmmaking. So on the Monday morning at the beginning of the...

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KCRA Ground Cow Restaurant Closes 11-14-2013

November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I was given the go-ahead to start doing my own stories as both a photographer and reporter, I tried to focus on business stories about what small business were doing to keep afloat in the...

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KCRA Nello Olivo Vineyard Harvest

November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Several weeks ago I wrote a post about a wild day that started with me leaving the house at 6 AM to drive up to Cameron Park (some thirty miles or so outside of Sacramento on...

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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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KCRA — Louise Koebbe turns 100!

September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I go out on a news story I do not have any plan. I basically just go and size it when I get there. When I started out in the business I was always...

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(Header photo by Jay Spooner. Thanks, Jay) Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — the whirlwind day of a whirlwind week. It’s not uncommon for a reporter to have two stories on in a day, although in...

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The 14th annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival gets underway at the Crest Theater. This is a a news story that I photographed, reported and edited for KCRA-3 TV News. A year and a half...

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Behind-The-Scenes – Editing the Rim Fire

August 24, 2013 | 1 Comments

Yesterday I posted the behind-the-scenes story about covering the frontline firefighters battling the Rim Fire, which has now reached into Yosemite National Park. It’s reported to be 5% contained. Yesterday (Friday 8-23-2013) the fire was...

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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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More Adventures Using Canon 7D DSLR In TV News

August 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

A few days ago I posted about doing a test shoot with my Canon 7D and how the footage looked when aired on KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, where I work as a TV news photographer...

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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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