I'm a journalist. First and foremost, I believe a free press - and one that connects deeply within the community it serves - is vital to society. While much of my career has been covering sports, I have worked hard to be a strong community representative, a voice for the voiceless and a conduit for human tales in news and human interest. I have worked in news as a producer, reporter, editor, videographer, anchor and reporter in a variety of radio and television markets, from Atlanta to Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists, I do my best to remain a lifelong student - and practitioner - of the tenets of free speech.
There is always something I can learn, if not about a person, place or thing, then about technology that aids our ability to communicate, You could say I'm a dedicated "autodidact", someone who understands and embraces new technology and ways of communicating. In obtaining my Masters degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, I studied new media and global journalism extensively, visiting Dhaka, Bangladesh as a part of a State Department-sponsored media exchange. During this short "break" from day-to-day on-air work, I also produced my first full-length documentary, Real Live Angels, which evolved from - of course - a local news story. While serving as morning news anchor and segment producer at Fox 25 in Oklahoma City, I had the opportunity to gain extensive social capital through feature stories across the state and by volunteering as often as possible to organizations that needed my help. I continued these types of human interest/lifestyle features in SoCal as a blogger and freelancer with California Life. You can find examples of these on my YouTube channel.
In 2016, I returned to the newsroom full-time as Managing Editor and evening news anchor at KRCR in Redding, California, behind the desk for five newscasts a day, breaking news coverage and a weekly high school football show. This gave me the opportunity to once again grow as an anchor and producer, and to be a part of a community where the lifestyle is healthy and inviting.