Cast Bios

Dina Kupfer"Rise up. Start fresh. See the bright opportunity in each new day.” Dina Kupfer is thrilled to be a part of the CBS13/Good Day Sacramento morning family! <strong>Follow Dina on <a href="https://twitter.com/DinaKupfer">Twitter,</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DinaKupfer/">Facebook,</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/dinakupfer/">Instagram</a> </strong> Dina is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and a proud University of Oregon alumna (Go Ducks)! She spent most of her younger years in northern California and Reno, Nevada. As a child, her dad's retail management job took their family all over the Golden State, from Shingle Springs to Sacramento to Vacaville, and to Susanville. Most of her family is now in Reno, and that is where she started her journalism career at KRNV as a sports/news anchor/reporter and weather forecaster. Dina spent the last five years anchoring and reporting at another Sacramento station, and she is honored to continue telling the stories of our wonderful Northern California community at here at CBS13/Good Day Sacramento. “I get it, not everyone wakes up in the middle of the night like us! That’s why I work very hard to connect with our viewers on multiple social platforms. I am a firm believer that the story isn't finished when it's posted online – often times that is where the narrative begins. I read every comment, tweet, and message, and I try to respond in a timely fashion. I love telling stories that get you thinking, provide solutions and leave our audience feeling informed.” Dina and her husband, Robbie, love to go on outdoor adventures. When she’s not at work, you can catch her skiing in the Sierra, wakeboarding on Lake Berryessa or hiking and mountain biking the beautiful trails around the region. She also finds gardening and doing the dishes therapeutic. Dina and her hubby have two fur babies, French Bulldogs Brewski and Barley. Yes, they snore…loudly…but Dina says it’s like music to her ears at night. :) If you have any recommendations for adventures or story ideas, send them Dina’s way! Be sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!
Bethany Crouch
Cambi BrownBorn and raised in Elk Grove, Cambi attended Sacramento State and began her broadcasting career right here. As an intern at Good Day Sacramento, she knew she wanted to someday return as a reporter, and has been able to do just that on Good Day and CBS13. Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/cambibrown">@CambiBrown</a> Email: <a href="mailto:cbrown@kmaxtv.com">cbrown@kmaxtv.com</a> With some help from some amazing people at the station, many who still work here, she landed her first on-air job in Yuma, Arizona. She realized you can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of the girl. Most recently she returned to The Golden State, working on a morning show in Bakersfield. Her “Cambi on the go” franchise there allowed her to do a lot of things from skydiving to joining the circus. Despite Cambi’s mom and dog, Polly Pocket, making frequent TV appearances in Bakersfield, home was always in the back of her mind, so in December of 2012, she moved back to work for the station where she first learned the ropes. When not at work, you’ll find Cambi watching "I Love Lucy" reruns, bragging about her brother, who is proudly serving our country, or trying to stop her mom from telling everyone in town to watch her daughter on Good Day!
Cody StarkEmail: <a href="mailto:cstark@kovr.com">cstark@kovr.com</a> Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/@TVcody">@TVCody</a> <em>So they asked me to update my bio since it said my daughter was "recently born" (she is now driving). I didn't have a lot of time, so I just copied and pasted Oprah's official bio from oprah.com</em> Through the power of media, <del>Oprah Winfrey</del> Cody Stark has created an unparalleled connection with <del>people around the world</del> Northern California, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and parts of Norway. As <del>supervising producer</del> weather anchor and <del>host</del> host of the top-rated, award-winning <del>The Oprah Winfrey Show</del> Good Day Sacramento Weekend Show, <del>she</del> he has <del>entertained</del> moderately entertained, <del>enlightened</del> eh and <del>uplifted millions of viewers</del> at least 37 people for the past two decades. <del>Her</del> His accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established <del>her</del> him as one of the most respected and admired public figures today (by his wife, two kids, and his cats.)
Ken Rudulph[caption id="attachment_34924" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/web-headshot-ken-rudulph.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-34924" src="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/web-headshot-ken-rudulph.jpg?w=300" alt="Ken Rudulph" width="300" height="218" /></a> Ken Rudulph[/caption] Email Ken: <a href="mailto:krudulph@kmaxtv.com">krudulph@kmaxtv.com </a>Twitter:  <a href="http://twitter.com/@GoodDayKenR">@GoodDayKenR </a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.rudulph">Facebook</a> Ken Rudulph is the co-host of “Good Day Sacramento.” Ken was born and raised in Sacramento and graduated from Cordova High School (go, Lancers!), then CSUS with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. His first media job out of college was with KMAX 31. After interning for the sports department—under the invaluable tutelage of Grant Napier—he was hired as a news reporter and joined the “Good Day Sacramento” team in its infancy. Ken was also the co-founder and lead singer of Sammy-nominated funk/rock band <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mamas-gravy/id313408793" target="_blank">Mama’s Gravy</a>. <a href="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/delmar2011.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-748" title="delmar2011" src="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/delmar2011.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="112" /></a>In 1997 Ken moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a sports anchor for local news network OCN; as a sketch-comedy sports host on Fox’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period”; and as the founding host of TVG, the nation’s first interactive horseracing network. Ken is also a contributor to the Onion News Network and has appeared in more than <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0749024/" target="_blank">two dozen films and TV series</a>, including “Bruce Almighty,” “Smokin’ Aces” and “True Blood.” <a href="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/3-rudulph_282.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-750" title="3-rudulph_282" src="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/3-rudulph_282.jpg" alt="" width="199" height="298" /></a>Fifteen years after leaving Sacramento, Ken returns to his hometown with his wife and son to start what he calls his “dream job,” sitting alongside former colleagues Marianne McClary, Tina Machua and Mark S. Allen on the set of “Good Day Sacramento.”
Julissa OrtizEmail: <a href="mailto:jbortiz@kmaxtv.com">jbortiz@kmaxtv.com</a> Twitter:  <a href="http://twitter.com/@tvTina_Ju">@TVTina_Ju </a>Instagram: <a href="http://instagram.com/gooddayju">GoodDayJu</a> She’s back! Born and raised in Sacramento, Julissa Ortiz is thrilled to be home! Julissa attended St. Francis Elementary and St. Francis High School. She started her TV career right here at CW31 as an intern for Good Day Sacramento. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Julissa landed her first on-air job in the desert southwest as the Imperial Valley Bureau Chief for KYMA-TV, the NBC affiliate in El Centro, California. A little over a year later, Julissa moved from the desert to the beach as the weekend weather anchor for KCOY-TV, the CBS affiliate on the central coast. During her five years there, she worked her way into the primary anchor chair on the 6 o’clock evening news. Julissa was also the primary reporter for the Michael Jackson Child Molestation Trial. Julissa is best known for her morning segments, “Breakfast With Julissa” and Friday morning pep rallies at area high schools. Now back in Sacramento, Julissa looks forward to spending time with her family and friends.
Marianne McClary<a href="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/web-headshot-marianne-mcclary.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-34909" alt="Marianne McClary" src="https://cbscwsacramento2.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/web-headshot-marianne-mcclary.jpg?w=300" width="300" height="218" /></a>Email: <a href="mailto:gooddaymarianne@kmaxtv.com">gooddaymarianne@kmaxtv.com </a>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/@gooddaymarianne">@gooddaymarianne</a> Marianne McClary is the co-anchor of “Good Day Sacramento”, the valley’s top-rated morning news and information program, which has been on the air since 1995. With the ink barely dry on her college diploma, she got an internship at Fox station KCPQ-TV in Tacoma, Washington, running teleprompter and writing news updates. They hired her on, but disbanded its news department three years later. She landed her first full-time anchoring gig in Kennewick, Washington at KNDU-TV — a funeral home converted to a television station (some say the place was haunted). From there, it was off to the bright lights of Las Vegas at ABC station KTNV-TV, followed by the Phoenix desert for a four-year stint as weekend anchor on NBC affiliate KPNX-TV where she was nominated for three Emmy® awards. In July of 1995, in an effort to evade the Arizona heat, Marianne flew to Sacramento to interview for what she thought was a host position for a nighttime TV call-in show. Unenthusiastic about that prospect, she quickly learned it was the secret start of the program that would be come “Good Day Sacramento”. She jumped onboard the fledgling show, packing up her house and moving to Northern California to launch the then three-hour morning newscast. Since its start in 1995, “Good Day Sacramento” has expanded twice – and is now a live 5½-hour program. Marianne grew up in Seattle and is the oldest of three kids, all girls. Being a bridesmaid eight times, finally paid off! Marianne was married in April 2007. She and her husband Scott live in Carmichael with their feline dependents, Mushi and Suki.
Tina MacuhaWorking in radio was Tina Macuha’s dream. In high school, Tina pretended to be on the radio with her homemade station she called K-Mac. Friends and relatives didn’t take her seriously, which led Tina to believe that a job on the air would be an impossible feat. Her outlook on life changed in 1983 when her mother died from breast cancer. Her mother always encouraged her to follow her dreams so Tina changed her major for the last time and did just that. Email: <a href="mailto:gooddaytina@kmaxtv.com">gooddaytina@kmaxtv.com </a>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/TinaMacuha">@TinaMacuha</a> A Sacramento native, Tina graduated with a double major in Communications and Geography from CSU, Sacramento. After graduating, she started working in radio and was on the morning show of Sacramento’s FM 102 in the early 1990′s. Tina spent a total 12 years in radio and transitioned to her television home on Good Day Sacramento when it first aired in August 1995. She can be seen every morning reporting the Sacramento, Central Valley and Bay Area commute. Tina shares her Thought of the Day by placing it next to her on the set. She awards a free lunch called Grub Run to a lucky office usually once per week. Tina also comes up with Question of the Day in order to get to know her co-workers better and enjoys stumping their music knowledge during Teen’s Tune. In March 2000, she received the Women of Color Day 2000 Award for Caring and Responsive Journalism and as An Outstanding Woman of Color. Tina served as the on-court emcee for the Sacramento Monarchs WNBA team during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons. She is a frequent speaker at local events and enjoys speaking at schools to encourage youth to follow their dreams. In April 2009, Tina shared her breast cancer story on the show.  As a survivor, she continues to share her journey at many breast cancer events and fundraisers.  Tina loves “lunching” and checking out new restaurants, listening to music, baking sweet treats, and most of all, spending time with her daughter Carina and her family.
Courtney DempseyEmail: <a href="mailto:gooddaycourtney@kmaxtv.com">gooddaycourtney@kmaxtv.com </a>Twitter: <a title="twitter.com/@gooddaycourtney " href="http://twitter.com/@gooddaycourtney" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@gooddaycourtney</a> Courtney Dempsey joined the CW31 staff in August of 1995. She has been working with Good Day Sacramento ever since, and has enjoyed every minute of it. She started her career by working part-time while attending Sacramento State University and joined the team full-time upon graduation. She has worked a gamut of jobs during her tenure, but what she enjoys the most is doing feature segments. Outside of television, Courtney has worked in many other realms of entertainment. She hosted the midday show and anchored morning news and traffic as “CoCo” on KBMB 103.5 FM. She has done commercials and voice work for both television and radio. Courtney trained in various forms of dance for more than 30 years, dancing for several professional ensembles. Though she no longer performs, she still has a passion for the art and uses her training in her church's praise dance ministry. Courtney enjoys community service, culture and education. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Sacramento Black Journalists Association and Black Alumni of Sacramento State University. Courtney has a beautiful daughter named Mariah. Her favorite past time is shopping – something that Courtney and her mother do quite well in tag-team fashion. She is married to a wonderful man who understands her shopping habits.