I was born in Orange County, California but I am a Midwestern girl at heart. My dad was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I spent most of my time before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also studied at the Spanish American Institute of International Education in Seville, Spain.
I started out as a video editor, reporter, producer and anchor at WAOW in Wausau, Wisconsin. My next job took me to WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, where I became a consumer investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. In 2002, I accepted a morning anchor position at WTSP and, roughly two years later, I was promoted to evening news anchor.
I'm honored to say I've received numerous awards, including Associated Press investigative and individual achievement awards, Emmy nominations, Society of Professional Journalists awards, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for creating a half hour skin cancer documentary called "Risky Rays: Don't Get Burned." The documentary also won a national Gold Triangle Award.
One of my proudest professional moments happened after a series of investigative reports exposed late model salvaged cars that were rebuilt and sold to unsuspecting buyers. As a result, Governor Jeb Bush signed legislation in May 2002 that closed a dangerous loophole in Florida's salvage law. My investigations into a toxic liquid nail hardener prompted the state to ban MMA in 2004. As a consumer investigator, I was named "Consumer Advocate of the Year."
As a news anchor, I was honored as a Best of Gannett anchor, one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Best in the Biz Reader's Choice broadcasters. I have field anchored many big events, including the Republication National Convention, Rays Playoffs, Lightning Stanley Cup Celebration, and Super Bowl.
The best part of my job is being able to highlight all of the incredible charities in the Bay Area. I've enjoyed covering and speaking at dozens of community events, including walking all 60 miles with many of our viewers in the Breast Cancer 3-Day for five years in a row, Race for the Cure, Miles for Moffitt, USF Women in Leadership Luncheon, The Center for Women Leadership Luncheon, Alpha House of Pinellas, Making Strides Against Cancer, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Children's Dream Fund and many more.
When I'm not at work, my husband and I are busy entertaining our 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.