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.
I worked for nearly 8 years as a reporter here before being promoted to Assistant News Director in 2018. You can still catch me on air every Tuesday night as I host the Fugitive Files and work with local law enforcement to track down fugitives with the help of our loyal viewers.
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 truly care about what's going on in your backyard. It's my backyard too.
While in Clarksburg, 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 many times for my work, including four Emmy nominations and more than a dozen Associated Press and West Virginia Broadcasters Association awards.
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.
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 more than 850 fugitives to date. Keep those tips coming!
I am a diehard country music fan and you will likely find me at any concert (hopefully front row) I can find time to attend. The most awesome day of my career so far was when I got to interview Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. I have never been more nervous!
I am a new mom to a precious baby girl and my husband, Travis, is a lawyer in Charleston.