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Leigh Martinez

Leigh Martinez is the multimedia journalist covering the San Joaquin Valley.

Previously, Leigh was the weekend anchor at KGET 17 in Bakersfield and also spent three years covering the San Joaquin Valley for KXTV News 10.

Leigh Martinez

Leigh Martinez

During her news career, Leigh had the first in-depth look into Stockton’s gangs, gaining unprecedented access with the city’s Crips and Nortenos. She also covered Stockton’s bankruptcy, the Speed Freak serial killers, and produced a two-part investigation into Heroin addiction.

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Leigh is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, who served in the Republic of Armenia from 2006-2008 teaching English. She also worked for USAID teaching journalism at Yerevan University.

Leigh is an adventure sport enthusiast. She’s climbed the top of Yosemite’s Half Dome at night to see the sunrise, bungee jumped in Jackson, CA, went sky-diving in outside of Philadelphia, scuba dived in Egypt’s Red Sea, she hiked the Na Pali Coast Trail in Kauai, wind surfed in Alameda, and climbed a volcano in Costa Rica. Next on her bucket list are dark water rafting in New Zealand’s glow worm caves and hang gliding in Northern California.

Getting Answers with Leigh Martinez

1) How long have you lived in Northern California? I moved here in 2010, then moved to Bakersfield for 10 months starting in 2013. Now I’m back!

2) Where are you from originally? Camden County, New Jersey.

3) Do you have any siblings? I had a younger brother Jared, who was a U.S. Marine, an artist, and my best friend. He was a great man and everyone loved him.

4) Do you have any pets? I love big dogs, but don’t have my own yet. Growing up, we had a goldadore (golden retriever, yellow lab mix).

5) iPhone or Android? Android, but I may get an iPhone for backup.

6) What’s your favorite app? MyFitnessPal

7) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? I’m never lonely and I get to help people tell their stories.

8) What’s your favorite book? Russka, the History of Russia by Edward Rutherfurd. I have a fascination with Russia and this book is historic fiction spanning 1,800 years of Russia’s history, politics, and culture.

9) What’s your favorite movie? Braveheart

10) What’s your favorite TV show? Game of Thrones

11) Who is your favorite band? Rancid

12) What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever been to? Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee 2010.

13) What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us? I adore alpacas and llamas. Someday, I hope to have an alpaca ranch.

14) What’s your favorite past time? Traveling to extraordinary places not many people know about.

15) If you could drive any car what would it be? Tesla Model S

16) Who’s the person you most admire? My mom. I wish I was half the woman she is.

17) What’s your favorite quote? “Actions speak louder than words.”

18) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Oh wow, there are too many to narrow it down to one. I definitely would like to explore Russia and take the Trans Siberian Railroad, and I want to swim in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls in Zambia.

19) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Armenia! It’s the most magical place. It’s like stepping into another world with it’s ancient culture, vaulted stone monasteries, villages built in the most remote places, and the friendliest people.

20) Who’s your favorite actor/actress? Christopher Walken and Angelina Jolie

21) What do you do for exercise? Heavy weightlifting in NPC bodybuilding fitness training.

22) What’s your favorite area restaurant? Fiori’s Butcher Shoppe in Lodi. Amazing sandwiches!

23) What food could you not live without? Peanut butter.

24) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? Yosemite’s Half Dome

25) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? I’m not that big of a deal, but news viewers go grocery shopping and occasionally say hello to me.

26) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? I was a kid wanting to be TV reporter April O’Neill from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

Lodi offers helping hand

Lodi Wine Industry Reaches Out To Help Napa Wineries Affected By Earthquake

Lodi Vintners bottles for local wine makers, but it also makes several gallons of wine for multiple Napa wineries. Owner and vice president of operations, Tyson Rippey, lives in Napa and has another family winery there. Rippey said the earthquake damage to Napa’s wineries is bad. His family’s winery was spared, but a Sonoma storage facility lost wine after tanks leaked.

21 mins ago

Lodi Parking Problems

Lodi Businesses Say Weak Security At Parking Garage Creates Lack Of Street Parking

Friday afternoon, the three-story garage with more than 300 spaces was mostly empty. There were no visible security personnel around the building, but there were signs stating the garage had video surveillance.

08/22/2014

tracy traffic

Tracy Residents Happy With Parking Permit Restrictions Near High School

Parking restrictions on East 12 Street and Berverdor Avenue keep high-school students and their parents out of the neighborhood and homeowners couldn’t be happier.

08/20/2014

fines

Modesto Homeowners Accused Of Stealing Water From Canal, Face $1,500 Fines

Six Modesto homeowners face $1,500 fines for stealing water from the Empire Canal behind their homes. The Modesto Irrigation District said it discovered illegal siphons at the homes of five neighbors and one woman started pumping more water after her allocated share ran out.

08/19/2014

bed bugs

After Bed Bug Complaints, Lodi Theater Closed Until Thursday To Eliminate ‘Insect’ Problem

The movie theater released a statement saying the theater would be closed until Thursday after “limited evidence of insect activity” was found inside some auditoriums.

08/18/2014

body cameras

Modesto Police Say Body Cameras Protect Officers, Ensure Accountability

The Ferguson, Missouri, officer-involved shooting death of an unarmed black teenager has the courts and law enforcement asking how they can get facts when both sides tell very different stories.

08/15/2014

clash over sign

Shoe Company’s Sign Deemed Too Large For Ceres City Policy

The Warehouse Shoe Sales said it needs a sign twice as big as what is allowed, because it doesn’t think potential customers will be able to see it from where it sits from East Hatch Road.

08/14/2014

missing man found

West Sacramento Man Found After Five Days In Wilderness Of Alpine County

Mike Vilhauer hasn’t been fishing all year, because of the state drought. A friend told him there may be fish up in Wet Meadows Reservoir, so Vilhauer decided to make the trip alone last Wednesday.

08/12/2014

drought waterfowl

Record Waterfowl Population May Run Out Of Food In Drought-Stricken California

Migratory birds from the Arctic and prairie states, some flying more than 3,000 miles, will arrive in Central California in the next month, but conservationists worry there’s not enough water or food to get many of them through the winter.

08/08/2014

patrolling for geest

Lodi Park Officials Bring Out Decoy Coyotes To Scare Off Messy Geese

Now park officials are trying something cartoon Wile E. Coyote might do. They ordered a trick, though it didn’t come in an Acme box.

08/07/2014

drought and earthquakes

Report: Groundwater Removal During Drought Could Cause Earthquakes

The drought has forced many homeowners and farmers to dig deeper wells, tapping into the California aquifer. A recent Take Part web publication, citing NASA scientists, suggests using too much of this underground water could cause earthquakes.

08/05/2014

high-ranking university

CSU Stanislaus Makes Princeton Review’s Top Colleges List For Ninth-Straight Year

The university recently renovated its science buildings and added three solar panels, which helped it make Princeton Review’s Green College list.

08/04/2014

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