I grew up (although some people would disagree with that) in Palo Alto, California. I got my Bachelors and Masters in Geography at the University of California, Davis. Then, while pursuing my Ph.D. in Geography at Texas A&M, I decided to explore the wild and wacky world of television news. I was hooked. My journey has taken me to the South (Atlanta), the Northeast (Lancaster/Harrisburg PA), the West (the San Francisco Bay Area), and now the Midwest.
Over the years, I've been fortunate to have my work earn national awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award for a report on a family of child molesters, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for an in depth series on heroin in the suburbs, awards from NBC News, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Water Safety Congress for a special on the dangers of lowhead dams, as well as multiple Emmy Awards and awards from The Associated Press.
The biggest honor, however, is knowing that you are watching. I take very seriously the responsibility we have to bring you accurate and up-to-the-minute information. Covering the news for you is not just a job, it's a privilege-- a privilege I have Monday-Friday at 6pm & 9pm.
I'm also thrilled to be able to help local charities make the world a better place. Since moving to Milwaukee, I have been helping the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, the David M. Sherman Center for Cancer Care, Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds, Goodwill's Ability Connection, and I recently agreed to team up with the ALS Association in their efforts to beat that dreaded disease.
Now some trivial tidbits you would never know about me if I didn't tell you:
- I was once attacked by wild dogs in India and underwent rabies treatment.
- As a graduate student, I published an academic paper that provided the first evidence Native Americans domesticated the California Fan Palm (Washingtonia Filifera).
- I used to race bikes, and qualified for Olympic Trials in three cycling events in 1988.
- I feel deeply fortunate to live in this great country, and I am quietly indebted to every war vet who has risked his or her life for the freedoms we all enjoy.