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
- Defense, Awareness Can Help Limit Impact Of Terrorist AttackThe Manchester attack has once again brought attention to large venue security and the procedures law enforcement use to keep people safe.
- Sacramento Police Body Cameras In Trial Mode Before September LaunchThe contract with Taser International is for five years at a cost of roughly $4 million. Much of the cost is for video storage and maintenance by a third party.
- After Damaging Winter For Roads, Caltrans Faces Weed Clearing BacklogCaltrans is responsible for trimming back the brush and trees that line more than 1,500 miles of roadway just in the Sacramento region.
- Illegal Marijuana Grow Operations On Rise In Sacramento AreaWithin the city limits, officials say there may be more than 1,000 commercial operations. In the county more than 600. On one South Sacramento street alone, the sheriff's department identified seven problem houses.
- Should Cops Be More Open When It Comes To Traffic Enforcement?Hide or don't hide? That is the question Sacramento Police are asking community groups on social media about their traffic enforcement strategies.
- Caltrans Postpones Vacaville Bridge Work Over Threatened HawkMuch-needed infrastructure repairs in Vacaville are up in the air over concerns about a threatened bird.
- Overall Gun Sales Drop Under Trump, But Women Are Still BuyingWhile overall sales have declined since November, there is one group of people whose purchase rate has spiked.
- Farmers Downstream From Oroville Dam Left High And Dry By FloodwatersMonths after the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, hundreds of farmers near the Feather River are still dealing with troubles.
- Report Cuts Possibilities For Oroville Dam Spillway Failure To 24 ReasonsShe was recalling the night of Feb. 12 when the Oroville Dam emergency spillway crumbled and more than 160,000 people south of the dam were evacuated.
- California Senators Propose Citizenship Path For Farm WorkersA bill introduced by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris is another attempt to reform immigration in a profession where 70 percent are undocumented.
- Sacramento Police Investigating Shooting That Left 1 DeadThe shooting happened at around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of 33rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Police have closed Sixth Avenue through 37th Street as the investigation continues.
- Man Claims Religious Liberty Played Role In Marijuana ShipmentThe church member, Tony Lee Rigato was attempting to take a bag of the sacrament to another church in Las Vegas. The sacrament was pot.
- Could Marijuana Help Solve Opioid Epidemic?Searching for a way to ease the pain, some people in California with chronic illnesses are turning to marijuana products instead of opioids.
- High Rent Has People Asking ‘What Can I Do?’Sacramento had the fastest growing average rent in the country in 2016 with an average rent increase of nearly 36% in the last decade.
- Science Lagging When It Comes To Determining Marijuana DUIBrandon Rotolo is facing potential with manslaughter and DUI of drugs, but proving impairment for marijuana may be difficult in court.
- Are Millennials Getting Priced Out Of California Homes?California Homeownership is one of the lowest in the country, mainly because potential first-time home buyers aren't looking.
- Marijuana Industry Looks To Sacramento For Outreach, ConventionsThe budding marijuana industry is expanding in more ways than one—the need and desire to organize and host conventions and trade shows is growing.
- Rescue Crews Searching For Teen Reportedly Swept Away On American RiverA 13-year-old boy was recreating in the area just downstream of the Rainbow Bridge on a beach area when it happened just after 8 p.m. on Monday.
- Vacaville Seeing Rise In Petty Theft, BurglariesA suspected burglar accused of literally taking control of homeowners' garages is just one case of what police are calling an increase in petty theft and burglary in Vacaville.
- Accused Pie-Thrower’s Defense Team Can’t Find Kevin JohnsonSean Thompson is accused of assaulting then-Mayor Kevin Johnson at a charity dinner last fall. His attorney says they plan to call dozens of witnesses, including former Mayor Kevin Johnson.