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

In addition to his journalism degree Ian completed Mississippi State University’s Broadcast Meteorology program. Through the program he learned important information on diagnosing and forecasting weather patterns.

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?

water cuts

New California Drought Restrictions Mean Harsher Limits In San Juan Water District

The San Juan Water District that serves Granite Bay, Folsom and other nearby cities will have to cut back by 36 percent, up slightly from the last state proposal to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s 25 percent mandatory restrictions.

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With little to no snow in the Sierra, there’s less water to push the turbines to create energy. SMUD and other power companies now have to rely on more pricey alternatives such as natural gas for power.


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Maynard ended her life on Nov. 1, and on Wednesday, her family gathered to at the state Capitol to convince lawmakers to create a right-to-die law in California.


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Road Closures From Yolo County Courthouse Construction Worry Business Owners

While the heavy lifting and digging has stopped for the day, the woman working at a Western store says the construction outside her door felt like an earthquake.


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Interstate 5 Work Will Open Partially In April For Delta Shores Project Work

The work that’s been years in the making stretches over a busy Interstate 5. Many drivers are excited that Cosumnes Boulevard will soon connect from Freeport to Franklin, I-5 to Highway 99.


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Roseville Must Change Its Rules, Despite Meeting State Conservation Requirements

Over the past year, Roseville residents have consistently reduced their water use almost every month by about 20 percent, but the state still wants them to change how they do that.


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California Water Board Approves Stricter Rules Than 1977 Drought

Restaurants statewide will no longer automatically offer water when the server comes to the table. Patrons will have to ask for it. Hotel guests can now ask housekeeping staff not to wash linens each day, and there are changes coming for lawn watering.


the barn

Ground Breaks On The Barn In West Sacramento’s Bridge District

In about a year, if you’re driving over the Tower Bridge, you’ll see a structure that’s bound to grab your attention.


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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.