The answer: I like to tell stories. I love to learn new things. And when I was in second grade, a teacher yelled at me in front of the whole class for having “too many questions.” Even at eight-years-old I thought that was ridiculous, and still do today.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, I mostly grew up on a soccer field. For whatever reason, chasing a ball ignited a passion and competitive spirit within me that would continue through high school and college. It taught me invaluable lessons about teamwork, time management and the dedication it takes to truly master a skill.
This made the transition from sports to news a pretty natural one.
I did my very first internship at WKEF in Dayton. I mostly ran the teleprompter and operated cameras, but it gave me a good taste of what putting on a newscast was all about. In 2009, as a senior at Northeastern University in Boston, I landed a reporting internship with New England Cable News. For an entire year, I was side by side with the same reporter, doing everything she did in the field. That’s when I knew I was hooked.
My first job as a paid reporter took me to Idaho Falls, ID, far out of my comfort zone. I’ll admit, when I took the job, I was imagining the geographic location of Iowa, so needless to say it was a bigger adventure than I’d imagined, but one I wouldn’t trade for anything. I spent two years as a one-man-band, making mistakes, learning from them, and getting better every day. And then, finally the phone call came that brought me back to the East coast. I moved 2700 miles cross country (again) to accept a general assignment reporter position at WGME, the CBS affiliate in beautiful Portland, Maine.
Besides beaches and lobster, I’ve found no shortage of opportunities here. I’ve reported on the Boston bombing, Hurricane Sandy, a deadly hayride accident, and Black Lives Matter protests that shut down the main route through downtown on a busy Friday night. We blew out all commercial breaks and stayed live on the air for more than three hours.
In 2015, I joined the CBS 13 I-Team and have been splitting my time between investigative and general assignment ever since. It’s the perfect balance for me. I love nothing more than being live on breaking news and getting the big interview the day after, but this has taught me how to dig deeper and continue advancing the story. I’ve learned a lot from two IRE conferences, and keep learning more about investigative work every day. We also do a good amount of advocacy journalism, and it’s always rewarding when we can make a difference for the people in our community.