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Dave Bender

Dave Bender is a California native. He reports the weather Monday through Friday at 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. He also hosts the segment “Save with Dave” as well as “The 12 Daves of Christmas,” a CBS13 holiday tradition.

Dave Bender

Dave Bender

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Bender attended UC San Diego as well as Palomar College. He studied meteorology and broadcasting to prepare him for weather forecasting.

Dave’s career has taken him to Arizona, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. and of course, Sacramento. He has appeared on network television several times. He is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and has also received numerous Emmy nominations, including two for Best Weathercaster.

Prior to his television career, Dave was an animal trainer for the San Diego Wild Animal Park. He worked with birds of prey, parrots and cats. He even appeared twice on Late Night with David Letterman with singing birds. These appearances sparked an interest in television and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dave visits dozens of local schools each year to talk weather and career. Dave also emcees many local charity events and works with Make-A-Wish, the Salvation Army and the Discovery Museum.

Dave and wife Kelly have a daughter, Tori.

Getting Answers: Dave Bender

1) How long have you lived in Northern California?  20 years

2) Where are you from originally?  San Diego, CA

3) Do you have any siblings?  Yes, a brother

4) iPhone or Android?  Land line

5) What’s your favorite app?  I’m sorry… what?

6) What’s your favorite thing about working in news?  I love the fact that we work without a net!

7) What’s your favorite book?  “Rich Dad Poor Dad”

8) What’s your favorite movie?  “Galaxy Quest”

9) What’s your favorite TV show?  CBS13 News at 10, of course!

10) Who is your favorite band?  Rascal Flatts

11) What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us?  I love numbers

12) What’s your favorite past time?  Spending time with my wife Kelly

13) If you could drive any car – what would it be?  Porsche… have it!

14) Who’s the person you most admire?  My wife!

15) What’s your favorite quote?  Live within your means

16) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before?  An America without a 16.5 trillion dollars of debt!

17) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?  My grandma’s farm

18) What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever overheard someone say?  Any joke from Tony Lopez!

19) Who’s your favorite actor/actress?  Angelina Jolie

20) What’s your favorite line of dialogue from a movie?  “Never give up, never surrender!”

21) What do you do for exercise?  walking

22) What’s your favorite area restaurant?  Sky Sushi

23) What food could you not live without?  Something BBQ

24) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction?  My wife!  J

25) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized?  Kodachrome Basin in Utah – it is in the middle of nowhere!

26) At what age did you decide you were interested in news?  21

27) What’s the world’s biggest question that you’d like to find the answer to?  “How much time do I have?”

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Wave Of Rain Bringing Rain To Valley Perimeter, Foothills And Snow In Sierra

A winter weather advisory continues until 10 tonight in the Sierra where the highest elevations could see 10 inches of snow.



Rain Arriving In Sacramento Valley Just In Time For Friday Morning Commute

We’re looking forward to a wet early commute on Friday , and then we’ll dry out the rest of the day.


Credit: CBS13

California State Fair Offers Fun, Food, Drought Changes

With temperatures cooler than average, CBS13’s Dave Bender was enjoying the start of the fair.


Drought history

Droughts Are A Way Of Life For California Residents In Mediterranean Climate

California is basically an arid state with a Mediterranean climate, and drought is something we’ve always dealt with.


Rain - The Vatican Prepares For The Election Of The Next Pope

Temperatures Drop As Rain, Snow Expected To Make Brief Resurgence

Rain showers are expected to return Thursday morning as the next storm moves through the region.


Fulton ave and alta Arden, (credit: Shah)

Next Storm To Move In Thursday

The next Pacific storm is expected to move through interior northern California Thursday into Thursday night.


Riders Welcome Snow, Farmers Welcome Rain As Winter Weather Returns

Rain has stopped for most of the region, but there are threats of pop-up thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon, while the much-needed snow starts to pileup in the high country.



Snow Touches Down As Low As Cameron Park; Rain Douses Valley

Tuesday’s cold weather system dropped snow all the way down to about 1,200 feet in Cameron Park.Although that snow didn’t last long, quickly melting once it touched down, there’s plenty of fresh powder dumping in the Sierra Nevada.


Frost, Cold Snap

Weekend Overnight Lows Could Break Records For Chilliness

It’s cold outside and there could be a record-breaking chill in the air overnight into Saturday morning. Near record to record lows are possible for Saturday throughout the region


Snow covers the peaks of Mount Toro on March 11, 2006 in Monterey, California.  (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Rain, Snow Returning To Northern California This Weekend

A Pacific frontal system will move inland over Northern California on Saturday, bringing light rain to the valley and more snow in the Sierra.


A skier makes his way down the hill at Boreal on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Several feet of new snow is expected with the incoming storms. (source: Boreal)

UPDATE: Storms Bring Low Snow, Rain And High Winds

The rain didn’t hit as soon as expected in the Sacramento region, waiting until Friday morning to start falling, but the forecast still calls for plenty of wet weather through the weekend.


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Next Round Of Rain Brings Wind, Flood Warnings

The second wave of storms to drench the valley is expected to hit the Sacramento area Thursday afternoon, prompting wind and flood warnings.