Why did you become a reporter? I get that question a lot.
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.
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. Finally, I got the phone call that brought me back to the East coast I love so much.
I’ve been with WGME in Portland, Maine for the past six years, reporting 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. I thrive under pressure on breaking news, but also love the challenge of digging deeper and advancing the story. Our I-Team investigation and analysis of hundreds of record-high utility bills in 2018 led to a state investigation and class-action lawsuit. Both are still pending, but it all started with a simple day-turn story about Patty in Camden who was concerned about her bill. I truly believe good journalism can make a difference in people’s lives.