Jennifer McGraw is elated to join the CBS13 News Team and officially be back in her home state! After leaping across the country, reporting from Idaho to Kentucky, she says there’s no place like California.
While she is a Los Angeles native, Jennifer is no stranger to NorCal as a Gator alum. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Jennifer accepted her first broadcasting job in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It was there she became multi-faceted, shooting and gathering the news under deadline, all while trying to juggle a tripod, camera, and multiple cell phones.
Next stop, Boise! With its many rivers and mountain ranges, Jennifer was enamored with the natural beauty of Boise and became a Boise State Broncos lifer. However, it was KBOI where she would also report on a series of wildfires, and win a Press Club Award for catching charity thieves.
Then it was off to horse capital of the world, Lexington, Kentucky, for her next job. Jennifer was part of award-winning coverage of the Kentucky Derby with LEX18. During her three years there she worked breaking news on a daily basis and brought local stories to a national audience by covering stories that included a town washed away by floods, to the controversial Rowan County clerk jailed for not issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
A self-starter and driven, Jennifer is a people person at heart and has what it takes to get answers for CBS13 viewers. She is excited about being a part of the local community, along with her beloved dog Bug.
Jennifer’s recent stories
- West Sacramento Firefighters Upset Over Firehouse Toxic MoldThe city’s newest fire station has toxic mold and the local union is threatening a lawsuit if it’s not cleaned up.
- Sacramento Regional Transit Expanding Service, FleetThe service from Sacramento to Folsom used to end at 7 p.m. which means, unless you're eating the early bird special, you may miss your train.
- Sacramento RT Draws Line On Certain Pets On Trains, BusesOfficials are seeing a growing problem with people riding along with their not-so-trained four-legged friends.
- How Is California Spending Money From The Gas Tax?The controversial gas tax bill has critics trying to repeal legislation in November, but proponents argue the money is already being put to good use.
- PG&E Warns Customers Lights Could Go Out During WildfiresCustomers were told to be “prepared” for when the alerts go into effect and the power could be abruptly cut off.
- Robbers Targeting Stores In Stanislaus, San Joaquin CountiesFive stores were hit in Manteca, another five in Modesto, and one in Lodi. The suspects got away with cash.
- New California Water Law Restricts How Much Water People Can UseThere will soon be more focus on flushes and scrutiny over showers with a new law signed in by the governor.
- Disabled Workers May Be Without Job In State Prison FightA prison in Stockton has been exempted from a rule saying custodial services must be done by state workers, but that could change.
- Rare Reptile Ripped From Cage In Sacramento Pet StoreThe store on Freeport Boulevard is one of a kind and it has only been open a month, but already has suffered a major loss.
- Roseville Blames Higher Gas Prices For DeficitCity leaders say they're going to have to spend an extra $143,000 than what they budgeted.
- Sacramento Zoo Celebrating New Brew Inspired By AnimalIt's called Animals On Tap, and it's a new fundraiser teaming up craft breweries with the Sacramento Zoo.
- New California Law May Limit How Much Water People Can UseThe new indoor water standard would be 55 gallons of water per person, per day by 2022, and that would fall to 50 gallons by 2030.
- East Area Rapist Book Reading By Patton Oswalt Draws HundredsHis wife, Michelle McNamara, wrote "I'll Be Gone In The Dark," a book about the search for the man behind a 40-year reign of terror.
- Vandals Shoot Out Front Door Of Modesto Funeral HomeThe funeral home isn't alone. Business owners on McHenry Avenue have seen a growing number of property crimes in the area.
- As Boating Season Begins, Sheriff Warns Of Rivers’ Safety RisksSome of it is common sense: wear a life jacket, don't drink and boat. But there are other, less common things that deputies are watching out for.
- Oldest West Coast Military Cemetery Falling ApartAfter the Mare Island Naval Base closed, the cemetery was given to the city, which later went bankrupt, leaving the resting place of fallen heroes in disrepair.
- Babysitter Gets 180 Days After Child Found Dead In Koi PondInvestigators say 10-month-old Baby Steven crawled through an open door and drowned while Eva London was sleeping.
- Police: Man Broke Into Motel Room, Groped Woman In Cameron ParkInvestigators hope surveillance videos will help identify the man and his vehicle, leading to an arrest after the crime at a Motel 6.
- Dixie The Dinosaur Coming Back To DixonIn the '90s, the 50-foot-tall brachiosaurus sculpture towered over Interstate 80. But 20 years ago, she was flown away by a helicopter.
- Pregnant Show Goat Is Latest Animal Theft In San Joaquin CountyThe 14-year-old owner of HotFlash from Lodi is pleading with thieves to bring her goat home in time for the show.