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Rich Ibarra calls Sacramento and Stockton both his hometown. Akin to a Tale of Two Cities, Rich was born in Stockton but raised in Sacramento.
He attended All Hallows Elementary School in Sacramento, St. Pius X Seminary, and Hiram Johnson High School,.
After graduating from Hiram Johnson, Rich joined the U.S. Navy for four years as a Communications Technician and served in Vietnam in 1968-69.
Rich then attended Sacramento Community College and CSU Sacramento where he majored in History. At the same time, Rich started working for KXTV 10 as a studio camera operator and later started working on weekends as a general assignment reporter, the first Hispanic reporter on the air for KXTV.
In 1977, Rich began reporting from Stockton for KXTV as the bureau chief, and in 1978 went to KOVR 13 as a reporter.
Rich joined KCRA 3 in 1980 and stayed with the station for 31 years until he retired in December 2011.
During his lengthy career, Rich reported on countless major stories including the Laci Peterson murder case, the Jaycee Dugard story, the Sandra Cantu murder case, the Loma Prieta Earthquake, major floods, forest fires, and other disasters.
Rich has the nickname of Mr. Mayor, the unofficial mayor of Stockton, by his colleagues because he is so well known in the area.
Rich is married to Deedee, and has a daughter and two grandchildren.
September 10, 2019
She says vaping has been marketed as the cool, hip way for teens and young adults to smoke.
September 9, 2019
The county has been using the Legacy Voting system for the last 16 years, but it no longer meets the state’s standards for elections. The registrar of voters says the proposed new system is faster, more secure and more accurate.
September 4, 2019
Michael Quitasol, his daughters, Angela, Nicole and Evan Quitasol, and their stepmother Fernisa Sison were among the 34 killed in a fire on the dive boat Conception Monday.
August 20, 2019
The financial website WalletHub compared 700 community colleges for quality of education, cost and post-college success.
August 5, 2019
Matthew Mason and other demonstrators will appear before the City Council this week to voice their opposition to the gathering his mother, Mylinda Mason, is organizing with a group called the National Straight Pride Coalition.
August 1, 2019
Huerta is scheduled to be at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and at an event titled “A Conversation with Dolores” at noon on Saturday.
July 17, 2019
Stockton City Council voted on Tuesday to explore developing its 93-year-old historic City Hall building into market rate housing and retail on the ground floor.
July 16, 2019
Thousands of visitors made the trek up to the foothills each spring to view the hillside covered with daffodils, but its owners say the crowds were overwhelming.
July 10, 2019
In the Restorative Justice model, the offender meets with the victim, makes amends and receives counseling to help find a job, housing and education. In turn, they avoid a criminal conviction.
June 27, 2019
Among the places most likely to be visited are Anaheim, San Francisco and Las Vegas.