Drew Bollea joined the CBS13 team as a reporter in June 2016. New to California, Drew is excited to continue telling stories and exploring all the Central Valley has to offer.
A Northern Virginia native, Drew attended college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he majored in broadcast journalism. He was also a member of the Redhawk swim team, and water polo team.
Before coming to Sacramento, Drew worked at WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he spent three years as a morning anchor and reporter for Good Morning Chattanooga. While in the Scenic City, Drew covered a variety of topics including severe weather, gang violence, and city government. The most memorable day on the job was July 16th, 2015 when four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Sailor were shot and killed inside an Army Reserve Center during a domestic terrorist attack. Drew was the first reporter on the scene and spent the next 48 hours covering the tragic details. The story earned national coverage for several weeks.
Prior to working in Chattanooga, Drew’s first reporting gig was at a start-up television station in Warner Robins, Georgia. He produced and anchored a nightly newscast. He covered everything from Robins Air Force Base to the Little League World Series. He also did play-by-play for the Division I Mercer Bears basketball team.
When he’s not busy looking for Sacramento’s next story to tell, you can find Drew spending time with his wife, Lindsay, and their dog, Rio. He enjoys traveling to new places, checking out local flavor, hitting the links and competing in triathlons (he is an Ironman 70.3 finisher). He also looks forward to trips back east to visit family and friends.
Drew is excited to be part of the Sacramento community and looks forward to getting to know the region. If you have a story idea, he’d love to hear from you.
Drew’s recent stories
- Report Reiterates Need For Oroville Dam Spillway Fix By Next Rainy SeasonA five-member team of independent consultants released a report explaining the dire need for a spillway fix and, the tight schedule.
- Newest Sesame Street Member Draws Praise From Autism Groups, TeachersTeachers across the country are applauding the move by the popular children’s show Sesame Street, which debuted a character with autism.
- Downtown Sacramento Readying For March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day CollisionWhile college basketball teams from around the country prepare to play in the NCAA tournament in Sacramento, police and restaurant owners are readying for the large crowds.
- All Sacramento Police To Have Body Cameras By SeptemberThe Sacramento City Council approved a contract with Taser International for 750 body cameras plus several dozen more for reserve purposes.
- Prosecutor: Former Stockton Mayor Used Boys And Girls Club Funds For Travel, Dating SiteThe county alleges Anthony Silva used the organization's account to pay for personal expenses as well, including a recurring subscription to a dating website, expense related to trips to the Philippines and South Lake Tahoe, and retail purchases.
- Stockton Kids Club Hasn’t Filed Taxes Since 2013The Stockton Kids Club has a rocky history with former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva spending much of the time as it’s leader.
- Attorney: Search Warrants Targeted Financial Details Related To Former Stockton MayorAn arrest warrant was issued for the embattled former Mayor and the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office executed two search warrants at his home and at an organization he heads up.
- Yolo County Part Of Seed To Weed Tracking Pilot Program For Marijuana In CaliforniaYolo County is taking part in a pilot program to track and trace marijuana from seed to sale. The cultivators in the training session are learning to digitally mark their products.
- Science Lags Behind Marijuana Impairment TestingMarijuana and driving sound like a bad idea, but it’s up to the California Highway Patrol to determine if someone is impaired behind the wheel.
- Could Wet California Winter Lead To Increase In Earthquakes?Three weather-related events could cause more quakes. The first is lots of water sinking into the ground.
- Fixes For Two Months Of Storms Dwarfs Annual Caltrans Emergency BudgetThe emergency budget for State Department of Transportation to handle issues like we’ve seen the last 75 days is roughly $250 million. However, DOT is currently looking at roughly $600 million of emergency repairs to damaged roads because of storms.
- Marijuana Advocates Take Cautious Approach To White House WarningWhite House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday made comments about marijuana that both ignited concern in some and sparked hope in others.
- When It Comes To Testing Pot Behind The Wheel, Science And Laws Are LackingWhile marijuana is legal for recreational and medical use; it's still against the law to get behind the wheel when impaired by the drug. But what does "impairment" mean? It depends on who you ask.
- Packed Town Hall Crowd Greets Rep. Tom McClintock For Nearly 3-Hour MarathonAn hour before Wednesday night's meeting several hundred people were already gathered outside the auditorium doors. Some holding signs reading "We Support Tom," while other carried signs expressing their discontent for the congressman.
- California Lawmakers Look To Close Proposition 64 LoopholesThe cannabis industry, which is largely self-regulated, is slowly becoming more restrictive. Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced a bill that would place far more child protections on future recreational marijuana businesses.
- High Winds Knock Down Trees, Rupture Gas LineStrong winds and rain caused troubles for thousands in the Sacramento region on Friday afternoon.
- Medical Marijuana Keeps Sacramento Woman From Heart TransplantHer family tells us Summer Waltman had been seeking medical help in San Francisco but was transferred to Mercy General late Thursday night where she’ll be kept comfortable.
- Floodwaters Overtake Historic Marysville CemeteryOne of the oldest cemeteries west of the Mississippi River is filled with water. The Jackson Slough has overrun its banks causing high water in the historic Marysville cemetery, unseen in the last decade.
- 2005 Report Laid Out Potential Dangers Of Oroville Dam Auxiliary SpillwayThe 2005 report filed by three environmental groups describes the potential dangers with the spillway that unfolded over the weekend.
- Oroville Dam Spillway Evacuations Leave City A Ghost TownPeople in Oroville have packed up and headed out of town. Police vehicles roam the streets of the downtown areas. Businesses are closed and people sightings are few and far between.