A PASSION FOR STORYTELLING
Some journalists want to be on the scene of the action, in front of the cameras. But my passion lies behind the lens. As a news producer.
I love the creativity producing allows. It’s not just putting the reporters’ stories in order. I can make the newscast my own by organizing the stories together in a way that they flow to tell a bigger narrative, and by adding elements to enhance the stories. From getting creating with video or graphics, to using the studio in new ways to make the stories more interesting and engaging.
Breaking news pushes me to be a better producer. I've covered a wide range of breaking news stories. From wildfires and hurricanes, to a deadly explosion in downtown Durham, NC and riots and protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd. I've learned to be flexible and to communicate with my reporters in the field, the anchors in the studio, and the production crews about the constant changes. And I've learned to delegate responsibilities to other members of the team.
I'm a hard worker, dedicated, reliable, and enthusiastic. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but I use that to my advantage in my job. I'm very organized, a fast learner, can meet tight deadlines, and willing to try new things. I'm a team player, but I know how to take charge or work independently.
I went to college with a plan to study chemistry and join the medical field. But after trying a few classes, I quickly found my calling in broadcast journalism.
A career in journalism isn't easy. We often get criticized for the stories we cover, or stories we don't cover. And we face people on their worst days. But it's such an important job and can be so rewarding. When we report on communities standing together after tragedy. When we inform our viewers about an issue that impacts their families. Or tell someone's story and help change their life. And when we can brighten someone's day by just being a friendly ear. It's a job that brings together a special group of people. And I'm proud to be a part of that team.
My dad was a doctor in the Air Force. My family traveled a lot when I was growing up, and I had the opportunity to see different parts of the world. I was born in Moreno Valley, California. Then we lived in Germany, Florida, and Montana.
I went to college at the University of Montana where I took a lot of hands-on classes. From photojournalism and radio, to videography, documentaries and broadcast journalism. I graduated with a BA in journalism and a minor in political science