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Brandon Rittiman

Brandon Rittiman is a veteran reporter at ABC10 in Sacramento, Calif., specializing in investigative reporting.

One of the most important attributes a news reporter can bring to the job is their own humanity.

Whether investigating corruption, rushing into breaking news, or diving deep into an important political or scientific quandary, Brandon Rittiman remains focused on how the story affects people.

His investigative reporting for ABC10 was honored with the Alfred I. duPont Award in 2022.

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Rittiman leads ABC10’s FIRE - POWER - MONEY investigative reporting project, which he created after witnessing the destruction of Paradise in the deadly 2018 Camp Fire.

His reports have revealed new details of PG&E’s crimes, shown how politicians acted to protect the monopoly from consequences, and explored environmental and emergency response issues contributing to preventable loss of life in wildland fires.

This work has also been recognized with the national Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody Award nomination, along with numerous regional Emmy and Murrow awards.

Rittiman delivers clear communication for ABC10 during the chaos of breaking news, drawing on extensive experience responding to countless natural disasters and high-profile crimes.

In 2012, he broadcasted the first live report from the scene of the Aurora movie theater shooting in Colorado. He followed through, covering of the subsequent murder trial for our sister station KUSA.

As a politics reporter for that station, his fact-forward approach was called “a model for others,” earning six national Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

Prior to that Rittiman served as news director of Reno Public Radio, where several of his reports were aired nationwide on NPR. He also reported for KTVN, the local CBS affiliate.

While in Northern Nevada, he completed basic wildland firefighter training in order to better cover wildfires.

His first TV news job involved reporting from both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border in Laredo, TX where he covered warring drug cartels, immigration, and crime for local NBC affiliate KGNS.

Rittiman is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

He enjoys photography, the outdoors, and ice hockey.

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Brandon Rittiman's enthusiasm for still photography sometimes overlaps with his work for ABC10, allowing him to capture historic moments like this one: the "Christmas Valley Miracle" during the 2021 Caldor Fire, when South Lake Tahoe was spared from the destruction headed its way.

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