Arriving at ABC Columbia in October of 2010 was a return trip to the Carolinas for me. In the late 90's I spent a few years at a station in Raleigh, North Carolina (WLFL) where I served as an anchor and also launched the investigative unit. I produced and hosted a documentary about troubled youth ("Scared Straight in the Triangle") that received an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award. I was first introduced to hurricanes while in North Carolina. I covered Hurricane Bonnie from the Outer Banks.
One state to the south, you can now watch me weeknights on ABC Columbia live from our street side studio on Main and Gervais where I serve as a primary anchor at 6 and 11pm. Have you been scammed or cheated out of money? Let me know and tune in to my special "ABC Columbia Watchdog" reports.
My career began some twenty years ago in the small town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. I was hired as a producer at WWAG (TV-43) and ultimately became the station's main evening anchor. It was during my tenure as anchor there that the station received the award "Best Low Power Station in the Country". Next it was off to Evansville, Indiana, my mother's hometown, where I anchored the news at WEHT (another ABC-25 station). After spending some time in Raleigh, I was fortunate enough to return to my hometown of Indianapolis in 2000 where for seven years I anchored the news and was an investigative reporter at RTV6. It was during my stint in Indy that I spent weeks in New York following 9/11. In fact, I was the first Indy anchor to report live from NYC the morning following the attacks. While those horrible images will never leave my mind, I also walk away from that experience with an incredible admiration for the bravery and solidarity I witnessed from emergency crews and residents alike.
Most recently, I anchored the news in sunny Southwest Florida. I woke viewers up bright and early at WBBH and WZVN (sister stations) in Fort Myers.
I graduated from Indiana University's School of Journalism with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication.
ENOUGH TRAVELING, I'm ready to stay put! I couldn't be more excited to join Alicia Barnes and the entire ABC Columbia team to bring you the news each weeknight. I look forward to meeting the friendly folks here in South Carolina and exploring all that the capitol city and the surrounding areas have to offer. If you see me out and about walking my dogs, Lola (a Boxer rescue) and Colby (a Pekingese rescue), I hope you'll say hi.