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
- California Utilities Reiterate Safeguards After Russian Hacking ReportAccording to the Department of Homeland Security, the Russian government hackers were able to get deep into the system of a Kansas nuclear plant
- Toys R Us Still Honoring Gift Cards For Another 30 DaysThere is a possibility that as many as 400 stores will be sold and kept open and questions remain over the fate of a distribution center in Stockton.
- Homeowners Sue Nevada County Over LandslideA handful of homeowners in Nevada County are suing the county and the water district a year after a landslide wrecked their homes.
- Missing Granite Bay Rower Found Dead In Lake NatomaInvestigators with the State Parks Department say John Hooten, 67, fell from his rowing scull Monday morning and drowned.
- Arrests Send Statement: Cops Take School Threats SeriouslyPolice took swift action Monday morning when teachers at River City High School reported a threat on their voicemail.
- Low Snowfall Brings Chain Restrictions All The Way To PlacervilleRows of cars were pulled to the side of the road as people tightened chains to their vehicles. It was all happening in Placerville, at 2000 feet of elevation.
- Squaw Valley Avalanche Traps Skiers, SnowboardersDramatic cellphone video shows the frantic effort to dig out people trapped in a Squaw Valley avalanche.
- Almond Farmers Hit Hard As Freeze Followed By High WindsThe almond trees have already bloomed, making them susceptible to weather extremes.
- Snow Brings Business Boom To ColfaxWhen it comes to the storm, everybody who gets turned around has to go somewhere. This town of 2,000 is about to get bigger this week.
- Wild Weather Day Brings Low Snow To FoothillsThe heavy snow in Pollock Pines forced some businesses and schools to close, while first responders worked overtime.
- Highly Anticipated Cannabis Festival In Yolo County Canceled After Sheriff Denies PermitA Yolo County cannabis festival is abruptly canceled after months of planning and preparation. The organizers needed the county Sheriff’s department to sign off on the event, but it refused.
- Cruise Ship Being Considered As Solution To Room Shortage In Sacramento’s All-Star Game BidThe Sacramento city council put its support behind the Kings organization’s bid for a future NBA All-Star game. The bid is for the 2022 or 2023 game.
- Want A State Cannabis Cultivation License? Good LuckThe road to legal cannabis is hitting a few potholes. A new report from a cannabis business organization shows that only a fraction of the marijuana cultivators in California have state approval to operate.
- Solution To Opioid Epidemic May Come From CannabisParts of the cannabis plant are known to ease pain and decrease inflammation. It's being used in creams and oils for treatments.
- California Leads Video Game Industry, But Cost Concerns MountThe video game industry generates roughly $32 billion a year for California’s economy, according to a new report from the Milken Institute.
- Germ-Zapping Robot Being Used At Sacramento-Area HospitalHigh-intensity light from a robot is being used to kill germs in a Placerville hospital -- the height of flu season -- and hospital staff says it's having a positive impact.
- Sacramento Boy’s Death Leaves Neighbors In Shock, Brother Behind BarsTwo people are in jail after a 6-year-old boy was found dead inside of a South Sacramento apartment.
- Sacramento Business Group Wants Cap On Cannabis CompaniesMarijuana cultivators are drawn to the Power Inn Road area of District 6, but the city has been inundated with applications to open up shop in that area.
- California Lawmaker Wants Power Lines Shut Off In High WindsFire investigators in Santa Rosa determined it was PG&E power lines blowing in high winds that sparked two small fires during the October wine country disaster.
- Farmers Quick To Question Study Linking Asparagus To Breast CancerAsparagus has a rich history in San Joaquin County. There were once 60,000 acres of asparagus farms, but now, with foreign imports, that number is closer to 1,000 acres.