Jennifer McGraw is elated to join the CBS13 News Team and officially be back in her home state! After leaping across the country, reporting from Idaho to Kentucky, she says there’s no place like California.
While she is a Los Angeles native, Jennifer is no stranger to NorCal as a Gator alum. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Jennifer accepted her first broadcasting job in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It was there she became multi-faceted, shooting and gathering the news under deadline, all while trying to juggle a tripod, camera, and multiple cell phones.
Next stop, Boise! With its many rivers and mountain ranges, Jennifer was enamored with the natural beauty of Boise and became a Boise State Broncos lifer. However, it was KBOI where she would also report on a series of wildfires, and win a Press Club Award for catching charity thieves.
Then it was off to horse capital of the world, Lexington, Kentucky, for her next job. Jennifer was part of award-winning coverage of the Kentucky Derby with LEX18. During her three years there she worked breaking news on a daily basis and brought local stories to a national audience by covering stories that included a town washed away by floods, to the controversial Rowan County clerk jailed for not issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
A self-starter and driven, Jennifer is a people person at heart and has what it takes to get answers for CBS13 viewers. She is excited about being a part of the local community, along with her beloved dog Bug.
Jennifer’s recent stories
- Heat, Humidity Arrive For First Day Of California State FairBottom line, it's about keeping cool and that includes the start to the fair's thoroughbred racing.
- Controversial Court Order Against Broderick Boys Gang ExpiresThe infamous gang expanded across generations and it began to terrorize the community. So much so, the district attorney filed an injunction.
- Outdated Messages Draw Confusion From Grant High School NeighborsJust hours after we asked the district why the sign with the same message has been on repeat for years, it appears they pulled the plug and the message had gone dark.
- Thieves Targeting Homes Under ConstructionMore than 3,000 new homes have been built in the last three years, police say all this construction is becoming a bonanza for thieves.
- Snake On The Water: Rattlesnake Spotted Swimming In American RiverThe rattler was spotted between Howe and Watt avenues, a popular place for families to cool off, and apparently for snakes, too.
- Officer Breaking Barriers In Sacramento Police DepartmentHe immigrated to America with his family, having little money and speaking no English. He vowed to learn the language and become a U.S. citizen.
- Surge Of Illegal Fireworks Comes Despite Seizures In SacramentoNot everyone got away with selling or lighting the illegal loot. Sacramento Police seized more than 2,300 pounds and made 3 felony arrests.
- Fire Departments Emphasize Dangers Of Illegal Fireworks During CrackdownWith the high threat of fire danger and injuries across the region, there's a crackdown on illegal fireworks.
- Man’s Death Prompts Warning Of Hidden Danger In WaterA Northern California man was sucked to his death under by an irrigation pipe while on the Delta.
- Sacramento Fire Department Gets Major Award From American Heart AssociationThe firefighters received the American Heart Association's Lifeline EMS Gold Award for their ability to recognize and treat heart attacks.
- State Budget Opens Door For Stockton Police HelicopterCritics say it could’ve been a major tool in one of the worst days in Stockton Police history. A 2014 bank robbery turned into a rolling gun battle that left a hostage dead.
- Elk Grove Police Investigating Rash Of Armed RobberiesIt’s concerning for the community and disturbing that in at least one case the suspects were only 14 or 15 years old.
- Sacramento Considers Expanding Permits To Food Trucks As Popularity RisesThe growing popularity of food trucks is prompting the city to consider changing the rules and opening doors for more mobile vendors.
- Brazen Sexual Assault In Workplace Leaves Woman ShakenA woman was sexually assaulted at work, and police are looking into surveillance video to help catch the attacker.
- Roseville Slashing Fire Department As It Battles $2 Million DeficitThe move to remove two positions per shift could save the city around $500,000 a year, but firefighters say it's a big risk.
- Activists Begin 8 Days, 8 Shots Campaign At City Council MeetingThe first two hours of the Sacramento City Council were a reminder that people haven't forgotten the Stephon Clark shooting and what hasn't been done.
- Gas Tax Opponents Cry Foul Over Signs Touting RoadworkOne side is now claiming the other is breaking the law by posting signs on California roadways highlighting the gas tax.
- West Sacramento Firefighters Upset Over Firehouse Toxic MoldThe city’s newest fire station has toxic mold and the local union is threatening a lawsuit if it’s not cleaned up.
- Sacramento Regional Transit Expanding Service, FleetThe service from Sacramento to Folsom used to end at 7 p.m. which means, unless you're eating the early bird special, you may miss your train.
- Sacramento RT Draws Line On Certain Pets On Trains, BusesOfficials are seeing a growing problem with people riding along with their not-so-trained four-legged friends.