I got the bug for journalism in 7th grade, after interviewing a TV news anchor in Philadelphia for a school project. From there I was hooked, being selected for CBS Philly’s NewsStudies program in high school, working weekly with their producers and anchors, having a story of my own broadcast on air.
I attended Penn State University majoring in broadcast journalism, where, as you can imagine, I was highly involved in the school’s radio station, local tv stations, and took part in numerous internships with such companies as MTV and Disney, working as a safari tour guide at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Orlando.
I got into TV news because I love being able to give a voice to those who wouldn’t normally have one.
I’m no stranger to the Midwest, starting off my TV News career in Fort Wayne at FOX 55, working as a reporter before being promoted to weekend news anchor and being nominated for an Emmy award. I eventually moved to NBC15 in Madison, Wisconsin, where I was a main anchor and helped get my station to the number one spot in town. From NBC15 I moved to CBS21 in Harrisburg, PA, where I was a part of the Emmy-award winning news team there.
I also was the host of a show there called “Housecalls”, a weekly show where I teamed up with a local hardware store and showed the audience how to accomplish various around-the-home projects.
Though it’s hard to pick just one, one of the most memorable stories was my report on “Revenge Porn” in Madison. Revenge porn, a non-consensual posting of racy photographs and videos online, was made illegal in Wisconsin after my report on it came out. Local lawmakers there took notice of my report, a bill was proposed and soon after it become law. I won an award for the report as well.
Although being a Philadelphia native, my dad is from Michigan and grew up here. Pointing out where he was from on my hand become second nature to me. He was a U of M grad so I grew up cheering for the Wolverines, and even though I’m a die-hard Penn State fan today, I’ll still cheer for Michigan (as long as they’re not playing Penn State)
My grandparents were both die-hard Red Wings fans, and say the highlight of their senior years was getting to ride on a zamboni during a Red Wings game.
I’m very excited to call West Michigan home and explore all the amazing things Grand Rapids has to offer. I can’t wait to become a part of 13 ON YOUR SIDE. It feels like a family here and I was attracted to that right away.
When not on air, I enjoy being outside, exploring trails and kayaking. I’m also an avid DIYer, tackling projects. I’m always up for watching football and never turn down trying a pizza place in town.