I’m at home chasing stories wherever the road leads, and so far it’s taken me from wildfires in Colorado to blizzards in New Mexico, flooding in South Texas, detention facilities near the US-Mexico border, the Olympics in Vancouver, a cruise ship in Cozumel, dance halls in the Hill Country and a lot of living rooms- learning the impact of issues firsthand. “On the road” feels natural; I grew up in Ohio, Mississippi, Georgia and Illinois and I’ve lived in Missouri, New York, New Mexico and Texas since.
Over the years I’ve covered DOJ-mandated police reform, the striking down of bans on same-sex marriage, government shutdowns, military deployment ceremonies and training exercises – and too many mass shootings, missing loved ones and first responder funerals. As a general assignment reporter, I juggle: I’ll go from city hall reporting one day to a state capitol or court case the next, switching gears for breaking news or weather and making calls in the car between shoots for future enterprise stories. I’ve pitched and produced longform series on the school to prison pipeline and opioid abuse prevention, and piloted a podcast on business and technology. I’m also interested in reporting more on the bonds of family, faith and culture.
Before my time as a TV reporter/anchor and digital journalist, I worked as a researcher for NBC News/Weekend TODAY, where I produced live segments and taped spots, assisted producers with more extensive stories, built and updated rundowns and blogged/did social for the weekend shows. I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and cut my teeth at the student newspaper- “The Maneater”- while reporting for the local NPR and NBC affiliates. During that time, I also I tested mobile reporting techniques at the Vancouver Olympics and presented findings at the annual RTDNA Convention. I’m grateful for fellowships from the International Radio-Television Society, Peter Jennings Project and Association of Healthcare Journalists and education and public service reporting awards from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.