Investigative reporter Brandon Rittiman leads ABC10's award-winning project FIRE - POWER - MONEY, which began investigating California's crisis with wildfires and power lines in 2018.
Brandon successfully made it into the heart of Paradise to document the town's destruction on Nov. 8, 2018.
His work at ABC10 has been nominated for the Peabody Award and received national and regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Brandon's career experience includes news-making interviews with presidential candidates, in-depth factchecking, and responding to historic breaking news. In 2012, Brandon delivered the first live broadcast from the scene of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.
His fact-forward approach to reporting on politics and government has been called “a model for others,” earning six national Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.
Brandon's work has been honored with 11 regional Emmy awards.
Brandon took a long and winding path from his hometown of San Jose to get to Sacramento.
After graduating from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University, Brandon began working as a reporter and anchor for KGNS (NBC) in Laredo, Texas, where he reported on the ongoing drug war and other border issues from both the United States and Mexico.
Brandon worked as a reporter for KTVN (CBS) and then news director for Reno Public Radio (NPR) in Nevada, where he covered a wide range of topics. While there, he underwent wildland firefighter certification to better understand the threat of fires and the tactics to fight them.
Prior to joining ABC10, Brandon worked at our sister station KUSA 9NEWS in Denver, where he covered the politics beat and led the station's factchecking.
You may spot Brandon on a trail around Tahoe with his wife Elizabeth and their dogs—or at a hockey game. Brandon plays ice hockey for fun, but when he wants to see it done with skill… he watches his San Jose Sharks.