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I found my calling as a journalist when I was 15-years-old. Growing up in rural Arkansas, I saw the struggles of every day people. Those are the lives that are drastically changed by natural disasters, crime, drugs and social injustice. I have also seen the human spirit overcome incredible odds. Those truths fueled my desire to become a journalist. I am a storyteller. I capture moments in the human experience that make you laugh, make you cry and inspire you to be a part of a positive change in your community.
I began my career in high school learning the basics of journalism through a 4-year broadcasting program. My first part-time job was as a photographer for a local community news station. In college, I quickly realized my skills as a storyteller were already far beyond my peers so I used my education to learn how to be a better communicator in the field of Counseling/Therapy.
I returned to my passion for journalism in 2010 when I borrowed equipment from my local high school to shoot, write and edit my own reporting demo reel. One month later, I accepted my first position as a Multimedia Journalist 40 miles from my hometown at KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas.
My reporting career took me to WXIX in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2013 where I took on new challenges. I deepened my investigative journalism skills, grew as a breaking news reporter and still managed to develop as a storyteller as one of the only solo journalists in the market.
In 2015, I decided I wanted a new challenge as an anchor.
I took on the role as the 4:30 solo morning anchor/reporter at KCEN in Waco. Within a year, I was promoted to the full-time morning anchor position. I continue to tell stories through my Heart of Central Texas franchise where I have complete control of the content.
I am thrilled to wake up and start the day with our viewers. I am 100% comfortable in my own skin at the desk. What they see is what they get. I firmly believe in authenticity and that is exactly what viewers get from me every single morning.