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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.
June 25, 2019
Police Chief Eric Jones says the helicopter already made a difference by averting an on-the-ground pursuit of a stolen car and aiding in the arrests of the suspects.
June 21, 2019
Chief Erik Newman was arrested by Turlock Police following an incident reported Saturday night. He faces a charge of felony domestic spousal abuse.
June 18, 2019
California grows 80% of the world’s almond supply, and India is the state’s biggest customer. The tariff increase comes on the heels of China increasing its retaliatory tariff on almonds last year.
June 14, 2019
The San Joaquin County Mosquito Control District advises people to wear protective clothing and apply mosquito repellent, especially during the early morning and evening hours.
May 29, 2019
China will impose a 91 percent tariff on U.S. wines starting June 1. Ninety percent of those imports come from California.
May 23, 2019
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs presented his annual State of the City address, including discussions of the city's guaranteed income program.
May 22, 2019
The city pays select Stocktonians $500 a month, with more or less no strings attached, as part of a campaign to help families that are struggling with poverty. The mayor is scheduled to discuss the UBI program during Thursday’s “State of the City."
May 21, 2019
Rain can seep into the cherries at the stem and cause the fruit to split as the cherry swells, making the fruit unmarketable.
April 24, 2019
The Omni 1050 locomotive is billed as the cleanest in the world.
There’s A Buzz In The Air: Mosquito Awareness Week Reminds Californians To Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus
April 23, 2019
This year the state has seen 125 percent of normal rainfall, which means ideal conditions for mosquito breeding.