WTXL-TV Tallahassee, Florida
KFSM-TV Fort Smith, Arkansas
WEYI-TV Flint, Michigan
Where did you go to college?
I went to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Meteorology, with a minor in Mathematics. Go Noles!
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?
Being a TV Meteorologist is rewarding in so many ways. From community involvement, to keeping people safe... the list goes on and on and on. I am most proud of being a resource that people utilize daily for their weather information, and most importantly, when severe weather strikes. Having people from all walks of life come up to me and thank them for keeping them safe or saving their lives from mother nature's worst brings so much joy to my heart.
What are you most proud of in your own life?
I am most proud of my parents and family. Cancer has tried to take my parents, and they both are survivors. The battle was ugly. It is ugly. But that didn't stop them from fighting for each other and our family. I am extremely proud of them. My sister is working for US Navy as a civilian. My brother is currently serving in the Air Force. I truly have a wonderful family, and I'm proud of all that we have accomplished together and apart!
What do you love about living in the Tri-State?
What I love the most about the Tri-State is the community. I look forward to getting involved with the community through volunteer programs, especially the American Cancer Society.
What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions?
I am a huge sports fan, so love getting to football and baseball games. You will definitely see me at the Reds and Bengals games! Our community has so many things to do and see, from floating on the Ohio River, to the hustle & bustle of downtown Cincinnati, to skiing at Perfect North in Indiana... we live in a great area!
All time favorites?
The weather takes the cake, haha! I have been in love with mother nature since I was old enough to walk. I get it from my grandmother. We called her Grams. Grams would sit me on the porch with her when I was a kid, and we would watch thunderstorms roll into Harrisburg, Pa. Growing up in Florida, hurricanes were common. There's nothing on Earth like our weather.
I have a love for rock and metal music. Haha, people crack up all the time when I say that, or they see me at a concert. The suit makes me look like metal is the last thing I listen to, but I am a huge fan of it! Plus, there's nothing that gets you more pumped while your working out, or trying to wake up at 2 am to get ready for Good Morning Tri-State!
My favorite movie is the Count of Monte Cristo. My favorite color is green. My favorite weather term is quasi-geostrophic potential vorticity. My favorite TV show as a kid was Duck Tales!
What is your day like?
My hours are pretty wild, haha! I get up at 2am. I report to WCPO at 3 am. I get off between 12 and 1 pm. I race home to make dinner, watch TV, workout, go for a jog, run errands, then head to bed no later than 6 pm. I sometimes fall asleep on the couch during the middle of the day. 2am is a rough wake up call, but I love getting off in the early afternoon to have the rest of my day to take care of things.
Apps you can't live without?
Storm Shield, RadarScope, AP, Netflix, Twitter
Tell us more!
I am a huge fan of the ocean. I took up surfing while living in Florida and that pushed me to become an advocate for ocean conservation. From keeping the oceans clean, to protecting its wildlife and ecosystem, to just simple enjoyment, there's nothing on earth like our oceans. I am a shark lover! I support legislation that protects them, and bans the sale/distribution of shark fins. Whale and dolphin protection is high on my list as well. I am an advocate for abused children. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be physically or sexually abused by the time they are 18. We have to work to better protect children in our communities.
I am an advocate for the American Cancer Society. I've been a volunteer with the ACS for 4 years. They are leading the way to putting an end to cancer once and for all. They were extremely helpful with my Mom's battle with breast cancer. Working with them, I've seen so many people that are battling cancer get some form of help from them. From hair and beauty help after chemo, to providing funding and transportation for cancer patients to get to their chemo and radiation treatments, to raising millions of dollars every year to fund research... I am a true believer in them and what they do.