Born in Virginia but raised in Tampa, Florida I am the ultimate “Florida Girl”. At an early age I knew I wanted to get into the fascinating world of TV. While a “bulldog” at Zephyrhills High School in Pasco County (yes, where the bottled water is made) I anchored the morning announcements and interned at the local NBC affiliate, WFLA. I later became a proud Seminole of Florida State University (insert tomahawk chop here) and during my senior year worked at the ABC affiliate WTXL, as a production assistant and entertainment/feature reporter.
Before graduation, I returned to WFLA to complete a second internship. Two weeks later, I was hired by the company as a reporter for their CBS affiliate in Greenville, NC, WNCT. I packed everything I owned in my SUV (or everything that would fit) and drove to Eastern North Carolina. Before I knew what hit me, I was living in a new state, new city and meeting new people… what an awesome adventure!
Shortly after arriving to WNCT, I was promoted to Morning and Noon anchor. THAT is when I knew I answered my “calling”. During my time in Greenville, I covered everything from hurricanes, presidential visits and the fascinating stories of everyday people. I am most proud of a story I covered about a newly widowed marine wife and the amazing love she shared with her husband in which the company honored my reporting and storytelling with a respected D. Tennant Bryan Award.
My adventure in Eastern North Carolina lasted about five and half years and that is where this new one begins! I should also mention that while in Greenville, I married my High School sweetheart who was born and raised in the Tampa area. To say that Brooks and I are thrilled to be back in our home state of Florida surrounded by gorgeous scenery, outstanding fishing and exciting sports teams would be an understatement. We think our beagle named Paisley (after country star Brad Paisley) is just as happy being a “Beach Beagle” too!
I am so excited to be part of the Morning Blend. The show is all about enjoying life… tasty restaurants to try, fun places to go and new ideas to consider. I truly hope you enjoy the show as much as I do!
I grew up in a town known for its baseball, for its vast array of great restaurants, and also known as The Gateway To The West ~ St. Louis, Missouri.
As a kid, I practiced news casting and play-by-play at my brother Stephen's baseball games; Fast forward a few years, I hit the "big time" (in my own mind) when I was given the opportunity to interview my favorite MLB manager Tony La Russa, attended a red carpet movie premiere as correspondent rubbing elbows with my favorite celebrities and went on to intern at the TV stations I grew up watching. I worked in reality casting in the Windy City; Apparently Chicago's weather wasn't cold enough for me, so I bought a heavier coat, lots of socks, and moved to North Dakota to anchor & produce the news there! Many's the day, viewers could catch me in white-out conditions shooting stories outside as a back-pack journalist; I quickly learned to wear multiple-layers under that heavy coat. From North Dakota to Central Illinois, I landed at the NBC affiliate leading the desk on a two hour morning show; by afternoon I was anchoring and producing the midday news.
My heart bleeds for animal advocacy; I served on the Board of Directors for the Souris Valley Animal Shelter. One day I hope to make punishment stronger for people who abuse animals.
When I'm not broadcasting you might catch me out at a baseball or hockey game, or volunteering at my local animal shelter. If you happen to see me in your area, say hi, let's talk!
My words of motivation:
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." -Thomas Jefferson
"A news story should be like a mini skirt on a pretty woman. Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting." -Anonymous, linked to a Texas newspaper editor
"Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus." -Susan Longacre
"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it." - WM Lewis (and thanks aunt Su for introducing me to this one)