Hi y'all. I have been working at Eyewitness News since September 2010. The years have gone by really fast, and this "news junkie" has loved every second of it.
First off, I'm a West Virginia girl, born and raised and cherish the fact that I get to report the news in my hometown of Charleston. I'm a graduate of George Washington High School and earned my bachelor's degree at West Virginia University, majoring in broadcast news. I graduated magna cum laude in August 2008 and quickly got my foot in the door at WDTV in Bridgeport.
At WDTV, I worked as a one-man-band reporter for a little more than two years. I consider Clarksburg my second home and had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the best people in the business. It was there I was able to learn and grow as a reporter and understand what is important to you, the viewer. From one West Virginian to another, I care about what's going on in your backyard...it's my backyard too.
In those two years, I reported many memorable stories, including being the only reporter from the Clarksburg market to cover the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. For a week, the satellite engineer and I lived out of the news car. I saw firsthand the grace and compassion that comes from my home state. I was privileged to be able to tell their stories. It was then I realized I knew I had to come home to Charleston and continue to work to tell the stories of West Virginians.
Since joining the Eyewitness News team, I've been honored several times for my work, including three Emmy nominations.
In 2013, I was nominated for an Emmy for the "In-Vest Initiative." Since In-Vest was launched in November 2012, great strides have been made in making sure West Virginia law enforcement officers are as protected on the job as possible. With support from amazing viewers and backed by the West Virginia Sheriffs' Association, we were able to shine a light on an issue many never knew existed. It is now state law that all deputy sheriffs be provided bulletproof vests. I consider In-Vest the greatest accomplishment of my career, but hope to one day see a law that protects all law enforcement in the state. In-Vest also was awarded best community service awards by both the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and The Associated Press.
In 2012, I took home a West Virginia Broadcasters Association award for "Best Hard News Story" for a story about elder abuse. The Associated Press named me "Best Reporter" that same year. I have also won awards for my investigative reporting, including exposing a serial arsonist.
I have hosted the "Fugitive Files" for several years now as it continues to grow and help be a voice for the community when it comes to getting crime out of their neighborhoods. The Fugitive Files has been recognized many times for it's community service and has helped local law enforcement nab nearly 700 fugitives to date. Keep those tips coming!
I am a die-hard country music fan, and you will likely find me at any concert (hopefully front row) I can find time to attend.
Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any story ideas or just want to say hello. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.