Born and raised in Boulder, Colo., I’ve traversed the country working as a journalist most recently in Dallas-Fort Worth, but also in New Orleans, Oklahoma and Texas.
My passion for storytelling, community service and leadership have since transformed into a career. While obtaining a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcasting from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., I entered into the internship program at CNN in Atlanta, Ga.
After graduation, I accepted my first ‘for pay’ job in the field as a bureau reporter for the NBC affiliate, KTEN Television, in Denison, Tx. After acting as a stand-alone, multi-media reporter, I accepted the weekend anchor/producer position before quickly moving on to act as anchor, and eventually executive producer, of the 5pm, 6pm, 9pm and 10pm newscasts. While in Texas, I was awarded the Lone Star Emmy Association’s Excellence in My Market Award and nominated for an Emmy.
In October 2009, I moved to New Orleans, La. to continue my career with WGNO Television, the ABC affiliate. I co-anchored Good Morning New Orleans from 5am to 7am and WGNO News at 11am. I also hosted the weekly public affairs show, The 411. I truly enjoyed working to shine a light on issues impacting New Orleans including coverage of the Danziger Bridge Shooting Trial, the Justice Department reforms of the New Orleans Police Department, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Gulf oil disaster and Hurricane Isaac.
Now, I added a new chapter to my life story by breaking from the traditional broadcast career path to travel the world. A backpack, a couple cameras and a lap top was all I needed for more than 9 months. I trekked through 26 countries with my husband by my side.
After returning to work at NBC 5, KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth for two years a general assignment reporter, I covered the Ebola crisis in Dallas and the killing of 5 Dallas police officers following a protest in July 2016.
Being a journalist is what I love, and working at NBC 5 was a dream job, which made the decision to leave even more difficult. However, I knew how much traveling the world changed me. My eyes were opened to various people, places and cultures. So when the opportunity to travel across the United States presented itself – I couldn’t say no.
Thanks for following us on this crazy journey.
I’ll see you on the road.