Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter
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 21, 2021
Hikers and campers looking to explore Yosemite National Park might find that there could be a price increase this coming fall.
June 15, 2021
From Sacramento and San Joaquin to Placer and Yolo counties, workers, customers and business owners celebrated the state’s easing of COVID guidelines — but not everyone was ready to take off their masks.
May 30, 2021
Scientists have unearthed the remains of prehistoric species dating back five to ten million years.
May 11, 2021
Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn, 30, was shot and killed responding to a domestic dispute Tuesday morning. The suspect also was shot and killed.
May 8, 2021
Cal Fire Director Thom Porter says there’s every reason to believe that this year could be as bad as last year. Porter is urging people to clear 100 feet of defensible space around their homes, harden their structures and form an evacuation plan.
May 3, 2021
The U.C. Merced study found that overall deaths among Californians aged 18-65 increased by 25% in 2020.
May 3, 2021
Northern California hatcheries are ferrying their young salmon 50 to 100 miles on special tanker trucks.
San Joaquin County Takes Action To Lower Rate of Black Mothers And Infants Dying From Pregnancy Complications
April 27, 2021
African-American mothers are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than any other race.
April 16, 2021
Warm weather brings out rattlesnakes, which means hikers, people who like walks through the woods and their pets need to be vigilant.
March 30, 2021
Two Stockton Police officers were fired Tuesday and three others disciplined following an investigation into the beating of a 17-year-old driver.