Born and raised in the small town of Waynesville, Missouri, I grew up in the heart of the Ozarks along Historic Route 66. My hometown of nearly 5,000 people is different from other small towns because it joins with two neighboring cities, St. Robert and Ft. Leonard Wood, to function as one community. I like to say I got the best of both worlds growing up there.
I have experienced the small town life of canoeing down the Roubidoux River and four-wheeling around the countryside. I also got to interact and learn from my extremely diverse community. Ft. Leonard Wood is home to 35,000 service men and women and their families. My entire life I have had the privilege of experiencing cultures from all around the globe without leaving my own neighborhood.
My upbringing has given me a passion to learn about the world and the people in it. The best part of working in the world of television journalism is that there are no limits to the number of stories and experiences the everyday-person has to share. I am honored many of them have chosen to share their lives with me.
My television career started at KOMU-TV 8, the NBC affiliate station, in Columbia, Missouri. My work in local news has allowed me to bask in my love of sports, reporting at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis and the 2013 BCS National Championship in Miami. I've pushed the limits of my own creativity going live from an airplane and trying to use live backpack technology anywhere and everywhere.
In recent years I have been working at WBND ABC 57 News in South Bend, Indiana. I started out as a multimedia journalist focused on the University of Notre Dame Athletics. I am currently anchoring the morning show, but I still enjoy picking up a camera and reporting any chance I get.
Morning Anchor, WBND ABC 57 News, South Bend, Indiana
- July 2013-present
Weekend Anchor/Multimedia Journalist, WBND ABC 57 News, South Bend, Indiana
- May 2012-July 2013
Multimedia Journalist, WBND ABC 57 News, South Bend, Indiana
- January 2011-May 2012
Anchor/Multimedia Journalist, KOMU News, Columbia, MO
- March 2008-December 2010
- Multimedia journalist/One-man-band
- Shoots, writes and edits day-turn stories
- Post stories to web
- Shares on social media
- Operates LiveU, other brands of live backpacks
- iNews, Edius
Indiana Broadcasters Association: Best Sportscast
Notre Dame Football Media Day (Reporter)
Indiana Broadcasters Association: Feature/Best Use of Technology
Live on a plane: Tin Goose (Reporter)
Emmy: Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Academy: Outstanding Achievement for News
- Specialty Report/Series - Weather - Feature or Series award
January Snow Storm (Reporter)
Emmy: Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Academy: Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air
Technical Achievement award (Reporter)
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Graduate
References available upon request