Nick Janes joined KOVR/KMAX in December 2008 as a reporter.
Nick comes to Northern California all the way from the Midwest. He spent two years as a general assignment reporter at WICD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Champaign, Illinois. You can trace his passion for journalism back to high school, where he co-founded the school’s newspaper. Nick’s internship at MSNBC while in college cemented his desire to be a reporter.
He thanks his lucky stars to leave the chilly, snowy weather of Illinois behind for the sunshine of California. His huge Italian family back in the Chicago area and Wisconsin is jealous!
Janes earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Getting Answers with Nick Janes
1) How long have you lived in Northern California? 4 1/2 years
2) Where are you from originally? I was born in Hinsdale, a Western suburb of Chicago and lived in Illinois and Wisconsin, then back in Illinois before heading West.
3) Do you have any siblings? Two younger sisters: Anya and Lenora.
4) Do you have any pets? No
5) iPhone or Android? Recent iPhone convert!
6) What’s your favorite app? It’s a tie between Facebook and Tweetcaster.
7) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? This is a cliche, but I love coming into work and not knowing where I’ll go or who I’ll talk to every day. Also — nothing beats the adrenaline rush of breaking news!!
8) What’s your favorite book? To Kill A Mockingbird
9) What’s your favorite movie? I can’t pick one so here are a few: Magnolia, 2001: A Space Odyssey & Annie Hall.
10) What’s your favorite TV show? Homeland!!! Best show on TV.
11) Who is your favorite band? Well…I love jazz and underground hip-hop. My favorite musician is John Coltrane.
12) What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever been to? I once saw BB King & Eric Clapton — incredible.
13) What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us? My friends and family know this, but I love to cook gourmet Italian food!!!
14) What’s your favorite past time? Watching sports (Chicago Bulls, Bears & White Sox) & working out!!
15) If you could drive any car – what would it be? I’d have to choose between a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche.
16) Who’s the person you most admire? My parents: my mom and dad taught me everything I know.
17) What’s your favorite quote? Generally anything from “Deep Thoughts,” by Jack Handey.
18) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Italy — I still have relatives there in several regions of the country. It’s on the bucket list.
19) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Back when I lived in the Midwest, I would’ve said California, but now that I’m here… it’s gotta be Hawaii!!
20) If you were stranded on a desert island, and had the chance to take just one item with you, what would it be? It’d have to be my iPod; I can’t live without music.
21) What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever overheard someone say? This is a tough one.. in the context of the job, when we’re out on a story and someone recognizes me as someone else at CBS13. That’s always worth a laugh.
22) Who’s your favorite actor/actress? Can I say I don’t have one? My favorite directors are probably Darren Aronofsky, Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson.
23) What’s your favorite line of dialogue from a movie? “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” (2001: A Space Odyssey)
24) What do you do for exercise? P90X, Insanity & Asylum (though mostly P90X these days).
25) What’s your favorite area restaurant? Gotta go with Il Fornaio; I’d eat there a lot growing up when visiting my family in Palo Alto.
26) What food could you not live without? Pasta!!!!!!! I have it just about every day.
27) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? Can’t beat the coast. Close second-place finish to NapaValley, and a bronze medal for Tahoe.
28) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? Any airport that’s not in Sacramento when I’m about to board a flight back to Sac! It’s always a shock until I put two and two together.
29) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? From a very young age — I used to do play-by-play to my sports video games. I always thought I’d end up doing something in communications or journalism.
30) What’s the world’s biggest question that you’d like to find the answer to? When will the Bears next win the Super Bowl?
They don’t have a name, but the gas station showed CBS13 surveillance video of the woman they are sure is the lucky lottery winner. We’ve blurred her face to protect her identity until she comes forward.
King Fire: Northeastern Spread Of Fire ‘Basically Stopped’ As Residents Get First Look At Fire Damage
In what was once one of the fastest-growing sections of the King Fire, division group supervisor Jason Lamberth says the fire has stopped spreading. The northeastern edge of the fire is the one that once exploded 15 square miles in a single night, but it has dramatically slowed down.
We went to base camp in Foresthill where spokesman Mike McMillan says that’s actually working in firefighters’ favor, pushing the flames into natural barriers—two reservoirs and granite to the northeast.
Burglary suspects are kicking in doors, and Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies say surveillance video shows two teens who are possibly behind a dozen break-ins.
Evacuees Maria and her husband Pancho say they’ll spend an extremely nervous night in a motel away from the Sly Park home they fear is in the King Fire’s path.
Stanislaus NAACP President Frank Johnson says rumors are swirling about male Ceres public safety department employees putting video cameras under a female worker’s desk and in changing rooms.
Shirley claims one of the men went rummaging in her backyard and wanted to know if he could have her precious horseshoes that were a gift from her late boyfriend. It didn’t go over well.
The gun was taken when a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputy stopped at the Quik Stop on West Hammer Lane in Stockton. That officer is not on administrative leave, but an internal affairs investigation is being conducted.
In the Live Oak neighborhood where people say their lawns and gardens are dying, homeowners were furious to see what was happening on the other side of the fence.
Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari, talked jobs, education, and immigration in their debate Thursday, which was heated at times.
He feels lucky he’s alive to tell the story after the robber kicked in his hotel door, pointed a gun at him and said don’t make a sound.
The girl’s father says the man let himself in through an unlocked patio sliding glass door at 3 a.m. Deputies say he put his hand over the little girl’s mouth and carried the child out of her Carmichael home.