Hello everyone! You won’t see me as much as you used to in the TV newscasts, but I’m busy behind the scenes as the Managing Editor of the WHIO-TV/WHIO-Radio/Dayton Daily News Breaking News Team. Our team of digital, TV, radio, and print journalists launched in January 2012, working together, inventing new methods, to streamline the way we cover breaking stories in your community. Our goal is to bring you compelling images and accurate information fast to your mobile device, our wired and social media sites, your computer, radio, and television.
Before taking on the Breaking News Team challenge, I served 5 years as WHIO-TV’s Managing Editor, working closely with our on-air reporters, anchors and meteorologists. My passion though has never changed... I truly love getting out in the community and reporting, so you'll see me on-air from time to time, doing special investigations and reporting on stories important to the Miami Valley. Prior to being named Managing Editor in 2007, I served as full-time reporter on Dayton's crime and courts beat, and fill-in anchor.
I am humbled and honored to have had my work recognized over the years, including a 2009 AP Award for Best Documentary on Ohio’s devastating wind storm, a 2008 Emmy for an investigation into HIV-positive male prostitutes working in the Oregon District, a 2008 AP Award for Best Enterprise Reporting, two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards—one for my investigation into Cinema X East, and the other for spot news coverage of the shooting of Dayton Police Officer Mary Beall—along with multiple Best Reporter titles from the Associated Press.
I began reporting in Dayton in 1997, and took a short hiatus from 2002-2004. During that time, my husband and I moved to my hometown of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California near Los Angeles. While there, I served as Director of Media Relations for a technology company. We found ourselves missing Ohio and its family-friendly, slower pace of life, so we made the decision to return to Dayton, and my home away from home, the WHIO-TV newsroom.
Before joining WHIO-TV, I worked at KOSA-TV in Midland-Odessa, Texas as weekend anchor and reporter. My most proud moment there—helping CBS Evening News secure exclusive coverage of the Republic of Texas militia standoff in Fort Davis, Texas.
Before working in Texas, I worked on the assignment desk of CNN's Los Angeles Bureau, and as a news writer with the Orange County News Channel. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, as well as a Minor in Political Science. My television news reporting career actually began at Huntington Beach High School, where I anchored a weekly cable program. My husband Jay and I enjoy spending time with our three children—Alysha, Joshua and Grace. Other family members include our English bulldog "Ike" and new kitten “Tigger.” We love the outdoors and spending time with family in California, Texas, and Arizona, and hope to take a few road trips on the Harley when the pace of life slows down and our kids are older!
Q & A
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Sugar Land, TX, Huntington Beach, CA
What was your favorite TV show then?
Charlie's Angels. Fantasy Island
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
How might someone have described you in high school?
Driven, friendly, good student
What was your first job?
Retail, Contempo Casuals
What was your first job in television?
CNN Los Angeles, Assignment Desk
What do you like about your job?
Every day is different; I love the challenge of chasing down a story and getting it, and of course meeting so many interesting people.
What do you not like about your job?
As a reporter on the street, there is an element of danger when covering active crime stories, or knocking on strangers doors. Also, the long hours.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I'm a daredevil…there are not many challenges that I will turn down. I love hard work, getting dirty and helping my husband with home improvement projects.
What would be a perfect day for you?
Sleeping in, waking up to warm sunshine outside, spending part of the day playing outside with my kids, laying by the pool, then a trip to spa for a massage, then a romantic dinner with my husband Jay, and home early to watch a good movie.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
First, I always tell young people, do what you love, but also make sure the career you choose will financially support the lifestyle you want to live. Surprisingly, a lot of young people don't think about that when selecting a career. Many people think if you're on TV, you make a lot of money and that's not really the case. So don't get in to it just for that… get in to it because you love journalism, writing, and digging for stories.
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
My first year as a reporter…the Republic of Texas militia declaring war on the state in Alpine, Texas. We broke the story exclusively for CBS Evening News, camped out for days in the mountains, with the only direct line to the head of the militia telling us what would happen next in their attack. Our video and interviews appeared on the CBS Evening News.
Favorite book: The Left Behind series by Tim Lahaye, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
Favorite CBS show: Survivor, King of Queens, CBS Sunday Morning
Favorite dream car: Convertible Jeep, any Convertible Porsche or Ferrari
Favorite food: Filet Mignon, Macadamia-crusted Halibut at Duke's
Favorite hobby: Hiking, camping, river/lake trips, Photography
Favorite Miami Valley place: Cox Arboretum and my backyard in the summer!
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump and The Notebook
Favorite music: Variety…country, rock, reggae, dance, lite rock
Favorite travel destination: Cozumel/Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Huntington Beach, CA; Yosemite National Park
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