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AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST

TELLING STORIES THAT

PIERCE HEARTS AND OPEN MINDS.

NEWS ANCHOR  •  STORYTELLER

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE  •  NEWS REPORTER 

 
 
Dick Fletcher Excellence in Media Award

Everyone has a story. A good journalist takes time to listen to the story.  A great journalist takes time to listen to the story, asks difficult questions, while also taking note of what is not being said. In the old days, a successful journalist followed a "hunch."  In today's fast paced news environment, I still do an exhaustive amount of research on a subject and follow my intuition, in order to capture all sides of an issue and tell the story effectively. 

 

As a multimedia journalist covering Hurricane Michael, I was the last reporter out in the field, when the storm tore through Florida’s Panhandle. After my station was knocked off the air,

I continued broadcasting severe weather updates and alerts, utilizing the power of social media to keep our viewers informed. For these efforts, I was awarded the prestigious

Dick Fletcher Excellence in Media Award for 2019.  In 2021, I received a New Orleans Press Award, for my feature story, "Avery's Bravery: Meet the 7 year old who beat aggressive brain cancer."

 

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to learn and work with talented members of the media and entertainment world, who have each serve as my mentors, such as:

The Food Network's Emeril Lagasse

Good Morning America’s Kaylee Hartung

The National Desk's Meagan O’Halloran

WGNO TV's Rick Erbach

WMBB’s News Director Tom Lewis

I thrive under tight deadlines and delve deeply into story lines, to show all angles.  I am versatile and can cover breaking news or present soft news features with local flavor. I am able to be impartial when reporting the news and compassionate while giving a voice, to those who no longer feel that they have one.

HURRICANE MICHAEL 
Devastates the Panhandle

HERE'S THE SCOOP

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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