Sam Shane

Sam Shane graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in journalism. He’s spent more than 20 years traveling across the country working for TV stations and covering major news events. He started in Duluth, Minn., and later in his career he worked at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, KGO-TV in San Francisco, at the Fox affiliate in Seattle and as an anchor at MSNBC.

Twitter: @samshane

Sam has covered major stories like the L.A. riots, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the capture of the Unabomber. He’s interviewed a variety of political figures and leaders including a president and a number of U.S. senators. In addition to reporting international, national and local news stories throughout his career, he also written and produced an award-winning investigative series on the failures of government officials during the 1997 floods in Northern California.

Sam has also written a children’s book called “Rocky The Mudhen.”

Sam is married and is the father of two kids – a boy and a girl. In his spare time, Sam enjoys golfing, skiing, reading, writing and cooking.

Getting Answers: Sam Shane

1) How long have you lived in Northern California? 18 years

2) Where are you from originally? I grew up in Hastings, Minnesota and graduated college from the University of Minnesota

3) Do you have any siblings? One brother and one sister

4) Do you have any pets? A dog named Fenway and a cat named Moxie

5) iPhone or Android? Android

6) What’s your favorite app? A variety of news apps

8) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? It’s topical, interesting and constantly evolving

9) What’s your favorite past time? Golf, baseball & working in the yard

10) Who’s the person you most admire? A leader who is not afraid to do what’s right, a humble hero and those who work long days and nights to pay the bills and support their families

11) What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? Europe

12) What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Hawaii & Carmel

13) If you were stranded on a desert island, and had the chance to take just one item with you, what would it be? A saw to cut down trees for fuel, to make tools and build housing.

14) What’s your favorite line of dialogue from a movie? “There’s no crying in baseball!” & “You can’t handle the truth!”

15) What do you do for exercise? Boot Camp, bike, walk & golf

16) What food could you not live without? Fresh food

17) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? Ocean, NapaValley, PebbleBeach & Lake Tahoe

18) Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? In an airport in the heart of the Midwest

19) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? Somewhere around the age of 10 I became very interested in newspapers, TV news and journalism

18) What’s the world’s biggest question that you’d like to find the answer to? Can we, will we, achieve peace on earth?

State water project

Northern California Reservoirs Running Low, While South State Flush

The state has already sent letters warning if it gets as bad as some are predicting, people may have their water rights completely shut off.



State Drought A Disaster In Slow Motion With Wildfires, Dry Wells

Cal Fire’s responded to more than 400 wildfires that have burned more than 1,000 acres. The 5-year January average is 70 fires and 130 acres.


Credit: CBS13

Drought Striking Across California Could Be Hard To Recover From

CBS13’s Sam Shane talked with the California’s deputy drought director at Folsom Lake for a perspective on this year’s drought



Behind The Scenes Of The Sacramento Kings’ Record-Breaking Night

CBS13 got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring in king-sized entertainment.



Twin Rivers Unified School Cafeteria Was Shut Down After Failed Health Inspection

Twice a year, county inspectors show up unannounced for surprise inspections at 380 schools in Sacramento County.


Jack Ohman

Sam Shane Talks With Political Cartoonist Jack Ohman

After spending more than two decades drawing political cartoons for a newspaper in Portland, Ore., Ohman came to Sacramento, where he creates political cartoons at the Bee.



On the Money: State Bought $120K Medical Dummy Sources Say Has Never Been Used

Instead of being used to train medical workers, sources said the manikin, called iStan, has been gathering dust in a room at the Veteran Affairs home in West Los Angeles since the manufacturer set it up.


Stockton Diocese

Stockton Diocese Considers Bankruptcy In Wake Of Sex Abuse Settlements

Money troubles have the Diocese of Stockton considering filing for bankruptcy in the wake of child sex-abuse lawsuit settlments


Hepatitis C Drug Treatment

$50,000 Prisoner Prescription: Inmates Get Expensive Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C is one of the most common diseases and can carry a death sentence. The cost of fighting it runs into the tens-of-thousands of dollars. But with tight budgets there’s debate on whether prison inmates be given the most expensive, top-of-the-line medications?


Gov. Jerry Brown (credit: CBS13)

On The Money: Gov. Brown Calls CBS13 Producer A ‘Clown’

After declining several interview requests regarding an On The Money investigation of governor-appointed officials defying an executive order on travel, Gov. Jerry Brown gave the cold shoulder to a CBS13 producer.


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On The Money: CalVet Officials Leave Veterans With No Place To Park

If you’re a veteran going to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, good luck finding a parking spot.

CBS Sacramento–02/05/2013

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On The Money: State Park Employees Caught Bowling While On The Clock

Taxpayers paid to fly state employees from Southern California to Sacramento, where they went bowling when their plane landed, and our “On The Money” cameras caught them red handed.




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