Ian Schwartz

Ian Schwartz comes to the great state of California from Albuquerque, NM where he was a reporter and a weathercaster. In New Mexico he covered fires, floods, rain and snow storms in just about every corner of the state. Before living in New Mexico, Ian worked in Peoria, Illinois.

Ian got his start in television as a broadcast journalism major at Arizona State University where he honed his reporting skills at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Ian is a Phoenix native.

Twitter: @SchwartzTV
Email Ian: ischwartz@kovr.com

Ian Schwartz

Ian Schwartz

Right now Ian is a student of meteorology through Mississippi State University’s distance learning program gaining the knowledge he needs to best forecast the weather.

When Ian isn’t working he enjoys traveling, seeing movies, dinning out, cooking and spending time with his family in Arizona.

Ian is excited to be living in Sacramento and wants to tell your stories!

Feel free to send him an email with story ideas or just to say hi!

Getting Answers with Ian Schwartz

1) How long have you lived in Northern California?  Since October of 2012

2) Where are you from originally?  Mesa, Arizona

3) Do you have any siblings?  4 sisters, 2 brothers

4) iPhone or Android?  iPhone

5) What’s your favorite app?  radar scope, yelp, four square, lots of photos apps, instagram, my map run

6) What’s your favorite thing about working in news?  meeting new people, visiting new places and telling stories

7) What’s your favorite book?  Catcher In The Rye

8) What’s your favorite movie?  Too many to name

9) What’s your favorite TV show?  Seinfeld, Chopped, Restaurant Impossible, Homeland

10) What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever been to?  Dr. Dre Up 2001 In Smoke Tour and Aerosmith Get a Grip Tour (my first concert)

11) What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us?  I never knew I wanted to be a reporter. I found the profession after taking classes in just about everything. I was not a good student when I started college.

12) What’s your favorite past time?  Going out to eat, traveling and staying in unique hotels

13) If you could drive any car – what would it be?  Porche 911 Carrera

14) Who’s the person you most admire?  My parents and my niece

15) What’s your favorite quote?  “Laughter isn’t the best medicine, it’s the cure”

16) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before?  Any remote island

17) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?  Windansea Beach in La Jolla. Carmel too!

18) If you were stranded on a desert island, and had the chance to take just one item with you, what would it be?  A helicopter

19) What do you do for exercise?  Run and go to the gym. Laughter is great exercise too!

20) What’s your favorite area restaurant?  Press Bistro, but there are many

21) What food could you not live without?  Haribo Gummy Bears and anything crunchy

22) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction?  The Pacific Ocean

23) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized?  while changing at the gym

24) At what age did you decide you were interested in news?  25

25) What’s the world’s biggest question that you’d like to find the answer to?  Why is a double cheeseburger cheaper than a regular cheeseburger?

gun range

El Dorado County Says It Can’t Stop Tribe’s Plans To Build Outdoor Gun Range Near Schools

The outdoor range would be built along Highway 50 near Shingle Springs Drive on property owned by the Miwok indian tribe. Residents say that location would be too close to homes, schools and everyday life.


march miracle

Snow A Welcome Sight In Sierra One Day Before Snow Survey Reveals New Drought Data

The recent snow that coated the slopes and sent some cars off of the road barely made a dent in the Sierra snowpack, which has hit historic lows in recent snow surveys. The next one is slated for Tuesday.


trees cut down

Nevada County Residents Furious Developer Cut Down Redwoods, Sequoias

Nevada County officials were going back and forth on a landscaping plan with property owner Ethan Conrad out of Sacramento, but says ultimately it never gave Conrad permission to chop down the trees.


west nile

California Drought Creates Worse Outlook For West Nile Virus Spread

Luis Rodriguez with Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Control says since the drought took hold in 2012, the state has seen West Nile cases in people triple with nearly 800 in 2014. The last time numbers were this high was back in 2005.


wildfire insurance

El Dorado County Homeowners’ Insurance Dropped Due To Wildfire Risk

Patti Weber and her wife, Lisa, have had the same insurance company for eight years, and they were shocked when they got a letter saying their home would no longer be covered.


streetcar plan

Next Step For Sacramento Streetcar Effort Will Be Resident Vote In May

While plans for the streetcar seem to be rolling fast, the next key step comes in May when voters who live within three blocks of the proposed line will vote on the project.



Warmer Temperatures Mean Mosquitoes Are Out For Blood Early

Joel Buettner with the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District says they’ve been getting double the calls they normally would this time of the year about the blood-suckers.


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Port Closures Could Leave California Rice Farmers Taking Big Hit

Rice grown in the valley is shipped from West Sacramento and Oakland to countries in the south Pacific. It should take one week to get the billion-dollar product from the valley onto the waters of the Pacific, but instead it’s taking two months.


atmospheric river

Atmospheric Rivers Provide Important Rainfall, Create Dangerous Flooding

The moisture is channeled on a narrow path aimed right at California. When it hits the coastal mountains and the Sierra, it’s rung out of the clouds and brings big rains.


tax thieves targeting information

Thieves Targeting Mailboxes For W-2s, So They Can Steal Tax Refunds

Nearly a dozen cities have been hit in the past few weeks, and if the crooks go their hands on a W-2, they have everything they need to file a tax return in someone else’s name and claim their money.


early bloom

Warm Sacramento Weather Means Allergy Season Is Making An Early Entrance

Trees are already starting to bloom, even though it’s still a month and a half until the start of spring. The sight of pollen gets anyone who’s lived through a Sacramento spring imagining the worst.


drought worse

Driest January In Years Leaves California Wondering If Drought Will Be Worse In 2015

Although this year’s wet season started out great with a strong December, there has been even less rain this January—typically the wettest month—than there was last year.