I am thrilled to be at WFTV where I've worked for more than 20 years and where I've enjoyed some of the most significant moments of my career. In fact, I enjoyed it so much the first time I came back for a second round.
I was born in Kentucky but grew up in Miami, where I developed an early interest in journalism. I graduated from Florida State University and eventually landed my first broadcasting job at a small radio station in Melbourne, Fla. I think we had seven regular listeners…might have had eight on a big day.
But that position led to my first television job as a reporter for WESH-TV in Orlando. Soon after, I joined WFTV as a general assignment reporter and a year later began anchoring the noon and 5:30 p.m. newscasts. It was a position I held for 12 memorable years.
During that time, I had the opportunity to cover a wide range of major news events, including the first shuttle launch and the Challenger shuttle disaster. I also interviewed hundreds of newsmakers ranging from Oprah, Lucy and Arnold to Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. I also received an Emmy Award for a special report on the toll stardom often takes on child celebrities.
In 1994, I moved to the ABC affiliate in Tampa. While there, I earned recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists and was honored by the Tampa chapter of Toastmasters with the Communicator of the Year Award.
I enjoyed my time in Tampa, but in 2003 I rejoined WFTV where I felt like I was home again!
I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the evening anchor desk with Bob Opsahl, Jorge Estevez, Greg Warmoth and of course Tom Terry on WFTV and WRDQ. And now I have the privilege of working with Vanessa Echols and Brian Shields on Eyewitness News at Noon and being the on-air ambassador for 9 Family Connection.
People often come up to us and say, "Hey, we watch you!" I usually respond by saying, "Thank you. People like you keep people like us employed." It's absolutely true and I am most appreciative of the folks who make Eyewitness News their source for local news and am grateful to have recently been selected twice by the readers of the Orlando Sentinel as "Best Local TV Personality."
When I'm not working on the news of the day, I am typically with my family managing the responsibilities of being a caregiver to parents.