I’m thrilled to be a part of the WHIO-TV news team! And I’m not far from home-- I grew up just a couple of hours north in Bucyrus, home of the annual Bratwurst Festival.
I started working at WBCO/WQEL, the local radio station, when I was 16—where I spent a lot of time board-operating Cleveland sports games. They let me choose the songs I played, which is why I’m such a fan of classic rock music now. Later, I worked there as a morning news reporter. I really fell in love with television at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While I was there, I was part of the NewsLink Indiana program, which covers about eight counties. I reported and anchored before moving up to executive producer. I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in telecommunications as a news option with a minor in history. After graduation, I did something completely different than I’d done before. I spent a year on a Fulbright Scholarship in South Sumatra, Indonesia teaching English and doing a lot of learning on my own. I think I miss all the fresh tropical fruit the most! I’m settling into the Miami Valley area now, and I want to experience all it has to offer! Museums, festivals, restaurants, air shows… everything! Let me know if there’s something I have to make sure to try.
Q & A
- Where were you born?
- Where did you grow up?
- What was your favorite TV show then?
- What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
- How might someone have described you in high school?
- What was your first job?
- Board operator at a radio station
- What was your first job in television?
- NewsLink Indiana anchor and executive producer
- What do you like about your job?
- I love telling stories that matter to people who care about what happens in their community. Ever day is something different.
- What do you not like about your job?
- The time crunch: sometimes we really have to rush to get stories on the air in time.
- What might people be surprised to know about you?
- I played the drums and piano all the way through high school. Also, I’m a huge cat-lover!
- What is the hardest thing you ever did?
- Living in Indonesia for a year: no television, no home internet, no hot water, limited English, and hot, hot, hot. But I ended up seeing some of the most beautiful parts of the world and meeting all sorts of fascinating people.
- What would be a perfect day for you?
- I really, really want to go to Italy! In my perfect day, I’d wake up at the beginning of a long vacation in a beautiful villa. I’d spend the day exploring museums and markets, drinking red wine, and eating all the pasta and pizza I could manage.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
- Take advantage of internships! It’s the perfect chance to take your time improving your skills, and make sure you ask lots of questions.
- Favorite book:
- Anything by Anna Quindlan, Jodi Piccoult, or Bill Bryson. Anne of Green Gables was my favorite growing up
- Favorite CBS show:
- How I Met Your Mother and Late Show with David Letterman (a fellow Ball State alumnus!)
- Favorite food:
- Nachos, salsa, and cheese
- Favorite hobby:
- Favorite Miami Valley place:
- The Greene and Schuler’s Bakery in Springfield
- Favorite movie:
- Favorite music:
- Classic rock and Indie pop
- Favorite travel destination:
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