As a kid from Berkeley, there’s nothing better than covering news in the place I grew up and being at KTVU just feels right.
As far back as I can remember, my Dad ended the night by watching “The Original 10 o’clock News” and I would stay up to watch with him as long as I could. And when the earth shook on October 17th, 1989, I remember watching Dennis Richmond and Elaine Corral deliver news of the collapsed Bay Bridge and the people trapped inside the crumbled Cypress Freeway.
It’s times like those you realize the power of television news; being able to show people what’s happening where they live, in real time. And now, I feel incredibly honored to be a part of this talented team of professionals.
Odds are, when you’re waking up for work I’m already working on my second cup of coffee. Maybe even my third. I show up at the station well before the sun comes up, then hit the road to get the story and go live for Mornings on 2.
Far too often I spend my day standing in front of crime scene tape or on the side of a freeway, but I also get the chance to cover some fun stories.
Chasing down Giants players during the World Series Parade was an absolute blast and I almost lost my lunch riding shotgun with a professional race car driver during a heart-pounding lap at Sonoma Raceway. Most days I don’t know where I’ll end up, what I’ll be covering or who I’ll meet. That’s what makes this such rewarding work.
I always tell people “I’ve never had a ‘real’ job.”
Right after I graduated from USC, I started reporting for LA’s city run cable station. I seriously couldn’t believe they were paying me to do something I truly enjoyed, which is not to say I turned down the paychecks. Less than a year later, I packed everything I owned into my used Honda and drove out to Palm Springs.
That’s where I spent the next two years working for the “Desert’s Breaking News Leader,” KESQ as a reporter and weekend anchor. The heat was unbearable, I mean like “melt the soles of your shoes” hot. But those triple digit temps didn’t stop me from taking jobs at KVBC in Las Vegas and then FOX-10 News in Phoenix.
It was there in Arizona where I took this beautiful woman on a long hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon. When we stopped for a break, I asked her what she was doing for the rest of my life. Thankfully she didn’t have any plans. And I was lucky enough to marry the woman who puts a smile on my face and is the only person I know who always laughs (or pretends to laugh) at my corny jokes.
After overcoming a number of hurdles, we now find ourselves chasing around an amazing little boy who loves digging in the dirt with construction trucks and helping Dad cook dinner. And on the off chance I have some free time, you’ll probably find me chucking up “ill advised” 3’s at the YMCA basketball courts.
In my career I’ve been lucky enough to win a few Emmys but by far my most prestigious honor was being named one of the top 25 news men with the best hair. Not sure exactly how official those rankings are but It’s great when all that blow-drying finally pays off.
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