Nick Janes joined KOVR/KMAX in December 2008.
Nick comes to Northern California all the way from the Midwest. He spent two years as a general assignment reporter at WICD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Champaign, Illinois. You can trace his passion for journalism back to high school, where he co-founded the school’s newspaper. Nick’s internship at MSNBC while in college cemented his desire to be a reporter.
He thanks his lucky stars to leave the chilly, snowy weather of Illinois behind for the sunshine of California. His huge Italian family back in the Chicago area and Wisconsin is jealous!
Janes earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Getting Answers with Nick Janes
1) How long have you lived in Northern California? 4 1/2 years
2) Where are you from originally? I was born in Hinsdale, a Western suburb of Chicago and lived in Illinois and Wisconsin, then back in Illinois before heading West.
3) Do you have any siblings? Two younger sisters: Anya and Lenora.
4) Do you have any pets? No
5) iPhone or Android? Recent iPhone convert!
6) What’s your favorite app? It’s a tie between Facebook and Tweetcaster.
7) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? This is a cliche, but I love coming into work and not knowing where I’ll go or who I’ll talk to every day. Also — nothing beats the adrenaline rush of breaking news!!
8) What’s your favorite book? To Kill A Mockingbird
9) What’s your favorite movie? I can’t pick one so here are a few: Magnolia, 2001: A Space Odyssey & Annie Hall.
10) What’s your favorite TV show? Homeland!!! Best show on TV.
11) Who is your favorite band? Well…I love jazz and underground hip-hop. My favorite musician is John Coltrane.
12) What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever been to? I once saw BB King & Eric Clapton — incredible.
13) What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us? My friends and family know this, but I love to cook gourmet Italian food!!!
14) What’s your favorite past time? Watching sports (Chicago Bulls, Bears & White Sox) & working out!!
15) If you could drive any car – what would it be? I’d have to choose between a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche.
16) Who’s the person you most admire? My parents: my mom and dad taught me everything I know.
17) What’s your favorite quote? Generally anything from “Deep Thoughts,” by Jack Handey.
18) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Italy — I still have relatives there in several regions of the country. It’s on the bucket list.
19) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Back when I lived in the Midwest, I would’ve said California, but now that I’m here… it’s gotta be Hawaii!!
20) If you were stranded on a desert island, and had the chance to take just one item with you, what would it be? It’d have to be my iPod; I can’t live without music.
21) What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever overheard someone say? This is a tough one.. in the context of the job, when we’re out on a story and someone recognizes me as someone else at CBS13. That’s always worth a laugh.
22) Who’s your favorite actor/actress? Can I say I don’t have one? My favorite directors are probably Darren Aronofsky, Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson.
23) What’s your favorite line of dialogue from a movie? “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” (2001: A Space Odyssey)
24) What do you do for exercise? P90X, Insanity & Asylum (though mostly P90X these days).
25) What’s your favorite area restaurant? Gotta go with Il Fornaio; I’d eat there a lot growing up when visiting my family in Palo Alto.
26) What food could you not live without? Pasta!!!!!!! I have it just about every day.
27) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? Can’t beat the coast. Close second-place finish to NapaValley, and a bronze medal for Tahoe.
28) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? Any airport that’s not in Sacramento when I’m about to board a flight back to Sac! It’s always a shock until I put two and two together.
29) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? From a very young age — I used to do play-by-play to my sports video games. I always thought I’d end up doing something in communications or journalism.
30) What’s the world’s biggest question that you’d like to find the answer to? When will the Bears next win the Super Bowl?
Nick’s recent stories
- Sacramento State President Proposes Incentives To Fix 9 Percent On-Time Graduation RateNelsen announced plans for cash incentives to help students graduate on time, including a $500 tuition credit for taking 15 credit hours in a semester.
- Man’s Body Found Stuffed Under Grass Valley StaircaseThe body of his best friend since he was 9, Joel, was tucked underneath the second step of a back porch staircase.
- Babysitter, 2 Children Struck In ‘Dangerous’ Stockton IntersectionAs a CBS13 camera followed a group of children crossing the street in the crosswalk, a car came barreling through. The driver stopped in the street, claiming the sun was in her eyes.
- El Dorado County Group Claims Irrigation District Chose Green Lawns Over Fish And WildlifeFrom a lush landscape to bone dry, the sight of Deer Creek makes Kathy Motz fighting mad.
- Even With Wet El Nino, Repeat Of 1997 Floods Unlikely With Region Better PreparedForecasters caution even if a strong El Nino develops, it’s far from a guarantee for relief from the drought. But if a wet winter materializes, memories of widespread flooding in 1997 are on the minds of many.
- Daylight Carjackings Of Elderly Women Raise Concerns At Carmichael Community CenterJoe Decocq was there for the first carjacking. Horrified, he says he watched three people forcibly take the elderly woman’s car and speed off. The victim, still bruised and bandaged, still comes to play cards. But now she needs a ride.
- Truck Driving School In DMV Bribery Scandal Just An Empty FieldCBS13 visited where the Sacramento truck school owner told law enforcement was the location of his school.
- Husband: Pregnant Wife Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver He Told To Slow DownLeaving a family gathering after his grandmother’s funeral, Steve Yapel was walking to his cary with his 2-year-old daughter when he says he saw a coupe coming way too fast on a country road outside Sonora.
- California Drought Conservation Creating Hidden Costs For FarmersFarmers are doing what they can to cut back on water use during California’s drought, but it can come at a steep price.
- Power Abruptly Shut Off At Stockton Mobile-Home Park In Afternoon HeatA resident at El Rey Mobile Home Park called CBS13 saying he was furious his power was shut off by PG&E on a day when temperatures reached into the 90s.
- Cooler Weather Gives Firefighters A Reprieve, But Rocky Fire Fight Far From OverContainment on the fire moved up to 20 percent with cooler temperatures and cloudy skies slowing the fire’s spread.
- Firefighters Call Rocky Fire Conditions Unpredictable As Flames Cross Highway 20One woman watching helplessly from her folding chair started to cry when she said she’s almost sure her home would be lost.
- San Joaquin County Considers Banning Outdoor Watering In Wealthy EnclaveJim Stone with San Joaquin County Public Works says it comes down to the fact the cost to provide the water far exceeds how much residents are paying in. North Morada’s small water district is underwater.
- Woman, 85, Escapes Swedes Fire By Sliding Down DrivewayCBS13 cameras were there as firefighters tried to stop the flames from spreading to a home. In minutes, what was probably an outbuilding just feet away had burned to the ground.
- Drought Turns Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Into Tug-Of-War Between Water InterestsNothing about California’s water system is easy, but this is one of the most complicated parts where solutions are urgently needed, but answers are hard to come by.
- Is Southern California Sucking Northern Water Supply Dry During Drought?If you think the aqueduct is sending water from Northern California to Southern California, you may be in for a surprise
- California Drought Could Wipe Cities Off Map If Their Water Runs OutBefore visiting Tulare County, a place where wells have gone dry and some people are living in third-world conditions, we went to a place deep in the Mojave Desert that offers a dire warning of what can happen when the water runs out.
- District Manager: California Drought Curtailments Meant Wasting 100 Million Gallons Of WaterMcCloud Community Services District General Manager Wayne Grigsby claims 100 million gallons of water went to waste, and it’s all the State Water Resources Control Board’s fault.
- California Water Rights System Is A Century-Old Knot That Will Be Difficult To UntangleThe most ancient of California’s water rights are locked away in a dusty old safe. Some of the documents date back more than a century.
- California City: How A Developer’s Failed Dream Became The State’s Biggest Water WasterA glance on Google Earth shows it’s a 200-square mile community of just 14,000 people. By land area, it’s the third-largest city in the state. But it’s miles of empty land.