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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.
January 14, 2020
A judge has ruled that some customers of the Modesto Irrigation District were overcharged, but how much ratepayers were overcharged and what the remedy will be is still to be determined.
Stockton Police Announce New Strategic Plan Focused On Reducing Gun Violence, Increasing Department Diversity
January 8, 2020
Stockton’s Police Chief has announced a three-year strategic plan to combat crime, reduce blight, and increase trust within the community. It also calls for hiring a more diverse workforce and increased training for officers.
December 27, 2019
Stockton has become known as a hub for human trafficking in recent years. But half a million dollars of federal grant money is now going towards helping victims in the area with everything from mental health care to substance abuse starting in 2020.
December 13, 2019
The Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and the Gospel Rescue Mission will be able to add 50 beds apiece with the funding from the city of Stockton and San Joaquin County.
November 21, 2019
Chris Callahan comes from Arizona State University where he is dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
October 30, 2019
Heavy winds could carry smoke and dust from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County as far south as Kern County.
September 27, 2019
Growers are using such techniques as flying drones over orchards and fields, satellites to measure their crops, and collars for dairy cows to monitor their nutritional needs.
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.