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?
Focused and involved
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! I positively adore my cat Callie.
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: Traveling and reading
Favorite Miami Valley place: The Greene and Schuler’s Bakery in Springfield
Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing
Favorite music: Classic rock and Indie pop
Favorite travel destination: Mexico
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