I’m thrilled to be part of News Center 7 and have made the Miami Valley my second home.
I’m originally from a small town just south of Columbus – Circleville, OH. We’ve got the Pumpkin Show every October, which is home to the World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie.
I graduated from Wright State University. I fell in love with radio while at WSU, broadcasting two weekly radio shows in addition to basketball and baseball games. I hosted several noteworthy musicians on that show – the crown jewel may have been the late Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (I told him I was 20 and he said he had socks older than me).
A good friend and I co-hosted a weekly video blog affiliated with the campus newspaper called “Really, Wright State?” I’m sure it’s still out there on YouTube. My first job after graduation was as an education reporter for the Middletown Journal.
I eventually became the paper’s city reporter and was humbled to be recognized with a pair of AP awards for news writing in 2011. I began in Dayton as a breaking news reporter in January 2012.
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?
Passionate, and kind of a jokester
What was your first job?
Education reporter at the Middletown Journal
What was your first job in television?
You’re looking at it – breaking news reporter at News Center 7
What do you like about your job?
There’s no such thing as a comfort zone. It’s a constant challenge.
What do you not like about your job?
The time crunch, easy
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a music lover with more than 8,000 songs on my iPod. Everything from Woody Guthrie to Lil Wayne.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
Never underestimate the power of a handshake
Favorite book: Anything by Terry Pluto (I’m a Cleveland sports nut)
Favorite CBS show: 60 Minutes
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite hobby: Playing guitar
Favorite Miami Valley place: The Canal Street Tavern…there’s no better local spot for live music
Favorite movie: Back to the Future
Favorite music: Bruce Springsteen
Favorite travel destination: Hilton Head, SC
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