Still busy on breaking news… Port Labor and Measles

Don’t you love it when the news shifts right under your feet? That’s what happened when the ports followed through on their lockout threats this weekend. I had already moved on to my second shoot of the day, but had to re-do my first package. Oh well, at least we have a ton of great […]

Straight Outta Compton: Suge Knight arrested

Soon after Suge Knight was involved in a fatal hit-and-run, I found myself hanging on a corner in Compton. I did double duty for both wire and video and earned the byline. This despite the fact that my hip-hop generation membership card expired soon after the release of Missy Elliot’s second album.

Santa Barbara town in shock after mass shooting

Usually on breaking stories, especially ones about death and destruction, I concentrate on feeding video to producers in DC where my colleagues package it or feed it out to clients. I often don’t have time to voice a package, much less shoot a standup, because they want more, more, better, now! For this story, I filed […]

Yes, I do stand-ups.

AP’s video products didn’t require stand-ups, so I only did them when a package deserved it – and when I could shoot solo without risking my gear or my dignity. Back in school, I interned at KTVU-Ch. 2 in its heyday, made an audition reel, anchored our student newsmagazine without a teleprompter, and channelled Leslie Stahl to report on the search […]

Los Globos de Oro y los Latin Grammys

I help out the Entertainment vertical in the AP’s LA bureau when I can. Below is a story I wrote for the Spanish-language wire.  Every November I cover the Latin Grammys for an English-speaking audience. I try to focus on acts that would interest someone who prefers to read in English but still follows rock en espanol, reggaeton, cantautores, as well as the usual suspects.  My favorite […]

‘All hell broke loose’: 30,000 flee California wildfire

‘All hell broke loose’: 30,000 flee Santa Barbara wildfire By Raquel Maria Dillon | ASSOCIATED PRESS SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Turning the horizon a lurid orange and raining embers on roofs as it advanced, a wildfire that has destroyed scores of homes in the hills menaced the celebrity enclave of Santa Barbara and other […]