I'm a Chicago guy, hope you don't hold that against me. I grew up on the northwest side in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. My teams are the Bears, Bulls, the Fighting Illini, and White Sox (yes I know, I didn't grow up on the south side, I just don't like the Cubs). You'll be happy to know I converted to a Brewers fan, and I'm proud to call Milwaukee my new home.
I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a journalism degree. While going to college in the south loop, I got my first break in the industry at Newsradio 780 WBBM-AM as an intern and promotions coordinator. I helped set up and promote Bears radio broadcasts during the 2006-2007 season, where The Monsters of the Midway went to the Superbowl. However, my on-air career didn't begin in the Windy City, it started in rural America.
My first stop was Quincy Illinois, at KHQA. It's located along the Mississippi River, where our territory included parts of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. The Iowa Presidential Caucus and the Flood of 2008 were some of the top stories during my time in the tri-states. Aside from reporting duties, I was also the weekend weather forecaster for the evening news.
After the Gem City, I traveled across central Illinois to Fighting Illini country, Champaign-Urbana. I reported for the ABC station, WICD. It was there I covered the Blagojevich trial, the University of Illinois clout list scandal, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I'll admit, being a lifelong Illini fan didn't make life too difficult, as I spent a lot of my spare time at Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium watching Big Ten games.
But when I'm not picking up a notebook and chasing down leads, I'm picking up an electric six string and shredding down the neck. I'm outside running, a lot. I've competed in marathons, half-marathons, tri-athlons and adventure races, and from time to time I like to sing a little karaoke. I'm just a regular guy who likes to talk movies, and even quote one lines, occassionally.