When did you start working here? I came to 9 On Your Side in 1998 from my hometown, Memphis, to study at the feet of the masters – Denny Janson and John Popovich. I anchored and reported sports with them for five years, and learned more from those two than any time in my career before or after.
Where else have you worked? I spent two years in Memphis at WPTY-TV and WLMT-TV, doing everything from associate producing to making graphics to producing our sports segment - until my boss finally broke down due to my incessant begging and let me start reporting sports. I told him he didn't even have to give me a pay raise.
Note to future reporters: do NOT do that.
Where did you go to college? University of Memphis
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work? I’m proud that the Good Morning Tri-State team gets along so well – we are truly like a family. Yes, misery loves company, and a 1:45 a.m. wake-up call could indeed be considered misery in some circles. But there’s a certain kinship you have with people when you are awake and together during the hours when most people are sleeping.
We’ve been through births and deaths and illnesses, we’ve celebrated birthdays, marriages, milestones and more. And when you do all that with people you truly like and respect, that alarm clock isn’t so bad.
So I’m proud of that, and my ability to read an entire pun-filled story about Anthony Weiner with a straight face.
What are you most proud of in your own life? You mean besides the fact that I’ve never heard a Bon Jovi song all the way through? (Hey - I was in junior high school when “Slippery When Wet” came out – that’s no easy task.)
It’s my family, and the ability – and opportunity - to balance work and home. My job and its crazy shift give me the unique perspective of being both a working and stay-at-home mom, which can be daunting, but rewarding.
What do you love about living in the Tri-State?
Let me answer that with a story.
In an airport in 2002, a couple asked me, “Where are you from?”
I answered, without blinking, “Cincinnati.”
And it surprised me.
I grew up in Memphis, TN, and had lived in Cincinnati for a couple of years. And as much as I love the Tri-State – its friendly nature, its food, its weird phrases (Please?), its obsession with high schools - I considered myself a Memphian, a Southerner. Until those words came out of my mouth.
It was then I realized I’m a Tri-Stater by transplant. I married a local, and have two Tri-State kids, so that gives me permanent resident status, right?
If that doesn’t, this does: like any true native, I can now participate in what I call “Six Degrees of Northern Kentucky.” If I meet someone new, it only takes a couple of minutes to figure out the multitude of ways our paths have crossed. You know you’ve done it.
It’s proof that the Tri-State is just one big small town. And that could be its greatest attribute.
All time favorites? You’ll find me at UC and UK football games, Keeneland, the Aronoff, Findlay Market, Skyline, the Western & Southern Open and Reds games – when I’m not browsing the aisles of Target, Michael’s and Sephora. I also love a good festival - and the requisite festival food.
Apps you can't live without? Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Retail Me Not, Nike + Running, Over - and man, do hate to admit it, but – Candy Crush.
Tell us more! I’m a carpool driver, a part-time soccer and dance mom, a party planner, a charity and school volunteer, a grammar geek, a Reds lover, a sometimes runner, a crafting queen, a college football fan, a flutist, a church goer, a former Graceland tour guide and a breast cancer survivor.
I have two great girls and a husband with me on a constant chaos roller coaster, a neighborhood that would make a fantastic reality show, a snack food obsession and a penchant for sarcasm, 90s R&B, HGTV and anything Elvis.
Good Morning Tri-State has been through several incarnations over the years, and many of you have been right there with us. Like you, we are struggling through this crazy life and are humbled that you find time to spend some of your hectic mornings with us each day.