Sam Shane graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in journalism. He’s spent more than 20 years traveling across the country working for TV stations and covering major news events. He started in Duluth, Minn., and later in his career he worked at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, KGO-TV in San Francisco, at the Fox affiliate in Seattle and as an anchor at MSNBC.
Sam has covered major stories like the L.A. riots, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the capture of the Unabomber. He’s interviewed a variety of political figures and leaders including a president and a number of U.S. senators. In addition to reporting international, national and local news stories throughout his career, he also written and produced an award-winning investigative series on the failures of government officials during the 1997 floods in Northern California.
Sam has also written a children’s book called “Rocky The Mudhen.”
Sam is married and is the father of two kids – a boy and a girl. In his spare time, Sam enjoys golfing, skiing, reading, writing and cooking.
Getting Answers: Sam Shane
1) How long have you lived in Northern California? 18 years
2) Where are you from originally? I grew up in Hastings, Minnesota and graduated college from the University of Minnesota
3) Do you have any siblings? One brother and one sister
4) Do you have any pets? A dog named Fenway and a cat named Moxie
5) iPhone or Android? Android
6) What’s your favorite app? A variety of news apps
8) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? It’s topical, interesting and constantly evolving
9) What’s your favorite past time? Golf, baseball & working in the yard
10) Who’s the person you most admire? A leader who is not afraid to do what’s right, a humble hero and those who work long days and nights to pay the bills and support their families
11) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Europe
12) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Hawaii & Carmel
13) If you were stranded on a desert island, and had the chance to take just one item with you, what would it be? A saw to cut down trees for fuel, to make tools and build housing.
14) What’s your favorite line of dialogue from a movie? “There’s no crying in baseball!” & “You can’t handle the truth!”
15) What do you do for exercise? Boot Camp, bike, walk & golf
16) What food could you not live without? Fresh food
17) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? Ocean, NapaValley, PebbleBeach & Lake Tahoe
18) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? In an airport in the heart of the Midwest
19) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? Somewhere around the age of 10 I became very interested in newspapers, TV news and journalism
18) What’s the world’s biggest question that you’d like to find the answer to? Can we, will we, achieve peace on earth?
Sam’s recent stories
- INTERVIEW: Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones Discusses Motivation Behind Run For CongressSacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announced on Monday that he will challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Ami Bera.
- INTERVIEW: Darrell Steinberg Talks Running For Sacramento Mayor, Cleaning Up City HallThe vacancy opened last week after current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced he wouldn't be running for a third term as accusations from his past continued to mount.
- INTERVIEW: Roger Dickinson Discusses Not Running For Sacramento Mayor And Supporting Darrell SteinbergFormer Assemblyman Roger Dickinson discussed his decision not to run, his support of Darrell Steinberg and what can be done about the climate at City Hall.
- INTERVIEW: Who Is The Real Stephen Colbert? And What Does He Think Of Sacramento?Many debated the topic in the years when Colbert played a conservative pundit on The Colbert Report for nearly a decade on Comedy Central.
- INTERVIEW: Stephen Colbert Discusses His Love Of Interviewing, Biggest InfluencesBefore he landed at Comedy Central and after he graduated from Northwestern University in 1986, Colbert was a member of the cast at Second City Theater in Chicago.
- INTERVIEW: Stephen Colbert Talks Late Show Transition, Final Daily Show Ahead Of DebutSam Shane sat down with Stephen Colbert in a studio in Los Angeles. We talked about his new show, and what David Letterman told him.
- PG&E Goes Airborne To Find Drought-Stricken Trees Threatening Power LinesAs the drought drags on, the chances for destructive wildfires increase by the day. Crews are taking to the air looking for to help keep the fire danger to a minimum.
- Local Mom Whose Bullied Son Committed Suicide Says Schools Not Doing EnoughTwelve-year-old boy Ronin Shimizu took his own life recently after he was bullied. One local mom says she knows all too well what Shimizu’s parents of parents are going through.
- Blue Diamond CEO Interview: Almond Milk Sales Will Surpass Sales Of Skim Milk SoonCBS13’s Sam Shane recently sat down with Mark Jansen, the president and CEO of the company to discuss their record $1.5 billion in revenue last year.
- New Yolo County Courthouse In Woodland Addresses Space, Safety IssuesTake a drive through Woodland and you can't miss the big courthouse under construction. WE got an inside look at the progress today.
- Northern California Reservoirs Running Low, While South State FlushThe state has already sent letters warning if it gets as bad as some are predicting, people may have their water rights completely shut off.
- State Drought A Disaster In Slow Motion With Wildfires, Dry WellsCal Fire's responded to more than 400 wildfires that have burned more than 1,000 acres. The 5-year January average is 70 fires and 130 acres.
- Drought Striking Across California Could Be Hard To Recover FromCBS13’s Sam Shane talked with the California’s deputy drought director at Folsom Lake for a perspective on this year's drought
- Behind The Scenes Of The Sacramento Kings’ Record-Breaking NightCBS13 got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring in king-sized entertainment.
- Twin Rivers Unified School Cafeteria Was Shut Down After Failed Health InspectionTwice a year, county inspectors show up unannounced for surprise inspections at 380 schools in Sacramento County.
- Sam Shane Talks With Political Cartoonist Jack OhmanAfter spending more than two decades drawing political cartoons for a newspaper in Portland, Ore., Ohman came to Sacramento, where he creates political cartoons at the Bee.
- On the Money: State Bought $120K Medical Dummy Sources Say Has Never Been UsedInstead of being used to train medical workers, sources said the manikin, called iStan, has been gathering dust in a room at the Veteran Affairs home in West Los Angeles since the manufacturer set it up.
- Stockton Diocese Considers Bankruptcy In Wake Of Sex Abuse SettlementsMoney troubles have the Diocese of Stockton considering filing for bankruptcy in the wake of child sex-abuse lawsuit settlments
- $50,000 Prisoner Prescription: Inmates Get Expensive Hepatitis C TreatmentHepatitis C is one of the most common diseases and can carry a death sentence. The cost of fighting it runs into the tens-of-thousands of dollars. But with tight budgets there’s debate on whether prison inmates be given the most expensive, top-of-the-line medications?
- On The Money: Gov. Brown Calls CBS13 Producer A ‘Clown’After declining several interview requests regarding an On The Money investigation of governor-appointed officials defying an executive order on travel, Gov. Jerry Brown gave the cold shoulder to a CBS13 producer.