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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 26, 2020
Harvest is approaching for many crops including plums, peaches and cucumbers, and some, such as leafy vegetables, have already been affected by recent high temperatures. Forecasters predict July will be even hotter.
June 23, 2020
A new resolution calls for removing police officers from Stockton Unified schools and reallocating funds to expand ethnic studies programs and hiring more mental health professionals.
May 28, 2020
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs presented his speech online from the Haggin Museum due to the pandemic. The mayor said while many cities may be tightening their belt, Stockton and its budget are in good shape.
March 6, 2020
Hundreds of clerical and other staff members with the county worker’s union SEIU have joined them in solidarity. Hospital CEO David Culberson says, in spite of the walkout, the hospital is open for business.
March 5, 2020
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs currently leads the vote for the mayoral race, but may face a runoff in November.
February 24, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that trailers would be sent to cities across California to house homeless families.
February 19, 2020
South Central Fresno and Shafter are the first two cities to receive funds.
February 10, 2020
Part of the governor’s plan would increase the water flow through the Delta during dry years.
January 28, 2020
A new study by U.S. News and World Report lists California as home to 7 out of 10 of the most diverse cities.
January 23, 2020
Governor Newsom issued an executive order for the two cities.