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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.
February 26, 2021
California’s vaccination goals depend on two things: vaccine supply and Blue Shield’s handling of distribution logistics. But the latter is already facing scrutiny from county health officials worried about delays in the system.
February 13, 2021
A volunteer coach for the girl’s tennis team at Saint Mary’s in Stockton, CapRadio’s Rich Ibarra checks in with the team about playing the season with new rules, including no fan attendance at games.
February 4, 2021
The Central Valley is playing a role in two new programs designed to push forward California's climate goals. The new chargers are placed along Highway 99 and are just one of the projects that could advance climate action in the Central Valley.
February 3, 2021
The measure limits the amount food delivery services can charge customers and or restaurants during the pandemic. The urgency ordinance will go into effect immediately.
Stay-At-Home Orders Extended In San Joaquin Valley, Southern California As COVID-19 Cases 'Stretch' Hospitals
December 29, 2020
Regional stay at home orders have been extended for the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions as health facilities statewide have seen a 35.1% increase in ICU admissions over the last two weeks, state health officials said Tuesday.
November 28, 2020
Netflix has plans to shoot a movie based partly on books by NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, who grew up in Stockton and worked the fields with his parents.
October 26, 2020
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs faced seven candidates in the primary election and garnered 40% of the vote. Now comes the runoff between Tubbs and political newcomer Kevin Lincoln on Election Day.
August 12, 2020
California’s response to the Census is almost 65%. Local officials estimate each person not counted could mean thousands of dollars in lost federal funding.
July 30, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the concern is that the seeds, which have arrived in small packages with Chinese writing on the outside, could contain viruses or bacteria or they could be an invasive species.
July 24, 2020
The hour and a half special “Stockton on My Mind” tells the personal and political story of Tubbs, who at 26 became America’s youngest mayor of a major city and the first African American mayor of Stockton.