Hi there! I was born in Amherst, Ohio (the Cleveland area), but I am very happy and thankful to be here in Charleston covering sports.
I have always been a sports guy. Since I was young, I would talk my dad's ear off about who won the games of the various sporting events that I would see in the newspaper. I also grew up playing sports and watching them. It's hard to admit, but I am a fan of the local professional teams in Cleveland, the Browns, the Cavs and my personal favorite the Indians. But I also had three adopted teams that I rooted for and still do - the Seattle Mariners, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Supersonics (may they rest in peace). As I grew up, I realized being a professional athlete wasn't really an option. (Not too many 6-foot-1 forwards in the NBA). I decided that being able to talk about sports was the next best thing.
In high school, I wrote for the school newspaper. I knew that I wanted to do sports television. I attended Ohio University and was in the Scripps School of Journalism in the broadcast news sequence. At OU, which is one of my favorite places in the world, I worked for WOUB-TV, the PBS station in Athens, Ohio. I was a sports anchor for the news program "NewsWatch" and also a reporter for all of the sports shows WOUB-TV produced. My senior year, I started to become more and more comfortable on-air. I was the TVC Hocking reporter for "Gridiron Glory," the high school football show on WOUB-TV. "Gridiron Glory" was one the best experiences of my life and most beneficial for learning how to be on-air.
After I graduated from Ohio University in the summer of 2012, I had a very tough road to get to Charleston. I was able to get my foot in the door at Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio in Cleveland for the 2013 Cleveland Indians season. I worked there part time as a production assistant, but once the season was over, I was back in the job hunt. It wasn't until the summer of 2014 that I was contacted about the sports reporter position here. I actually interviewed for another job at WCHS-TV, but this opened up while I was interviewing. I can say it was definitely worth the wait to get here. I started in September and have enjoyed being a part of this station. You can see me now on the sidelines of most Marshall football and basketball games or at the various high school sporting events around the capital city and, of course, anchoring the Dutch Miller KIA Sports Report. I have definitely learned a lot so far. I have appreciated the help from my sports colleagues Mark and Josh. Feel free to send me any story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page. I look forward to what is next for me here in Charleston.