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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.
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October 26, 2023
The arena, now known as the Adventist Health Arena, is the home of the NBA G League’s Stockton Kings.
September 26, 2023
Yosemite sees about 3.5 million visitors a year, which translates to millions of tourism dollars to Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. A government shutdown could hurt communities that rely on tourism.
September 12, 2023
The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District said high numbers of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have shown up in traps around South Stockton, Manteca, Escalon and Ripon. Crews will be spraying these areas through September.
July 17, 2023
Modesto — where classic hot rod movie “American Graffiti” is set — banned cruising in 1990. But city officials voted to lift that ordinance last week.
March 16, 2023
The movie won’t be released until 2025, but signatures are being gathered for a petition to have Stockton featured as the superheroes’ hometown.
January 24, 2023
The USDA announced plans to spend over $70 million on projects aimed at upgrading the nation’s pest prevention infrastructure. California programs will see over $15 million of the funds, part of which will be used to expand a pest detection dog team.
December 19, 2022
After Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego lifted bans on cruising within city limits over the summer, a group of activists formed the Modesto Cruisers Council in order to pressure Modesto leaders to do the same.
November 23, 2022
Students took turns petting, hugging and brushing four llamas — with names like Mystical Amigo and Loverboy — on the campus lawn.
November 16, 2022
Wesley Brownlee, who is accused of killing six men and wounding a woman in a series of shootings in Northern California, made what is expected to be his last court appearance of the year on Monday. Here’s what’s coming next in the case.
October 26, 2022
Funds will be used to give farmers discounts on low-emission tractors, harvesting vehicles, balers and forklifts, among other equipment.