I am a Floridian through and through. I was born and raisedin Tampa and lived in the "Lightning Capital of the World" for 22years. I'm enjoying North Dakota so far, and I'm looking to keep it that way.
After I realized I wouldn't have a career in web design and left art school, Idecided to chase a dream. I transferred to the University of Tampa (goSpartans), where I earned my Communication degree with a Journalism minor in2010. I worked as a sportswriter for the school newspaper, The Minaret. UTboasted nationally-ranked basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and volleyballteams while I was there. During that time, I also got my first taste ofbroadcasting as an intern at City of Tampa Television. I worked in all aspectsof production, and even got to star in a PSA about storm drains. (I played thebad guy.)
With a few things left to learn, I moved on to Orlando and the University ofCentral Florida. I graduated with my M.A. in Mass Communication in May 2012.While at UCF, I was part of a research team that won an award from theAssociation for Excellence in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) atits 2012 conference. I also interned at WESH 2, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. Iwas fortunate to help veteran reporters cover everything from the TrayvonMartin case to the Dwight Howard trade saga.
In July 2012, I said goodbye to Florida, packed everything I could fit into avan and drove 2,000 miles to Bismarck to produce Country Morning Today for NBCNorth Dakota News. I'm having a great time serving the early risers of ourregion. Our goal is to give you news you'll remember as you go on about yourday. I've recently started doing a little reporting, as well as anchoringmorning news updates on our Me-TV channel -- look for me there!
During my rare free time away from the newsroom, I enjoy watching sports,especially Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves baseball. I also like watching TV,surfing the web, playing video games, getting some fresh North Dakota airand talking with my family and friends. Broadcast journalism runs in thefamily -- my identical twin brother, Ryan, works at a TV station in Kentucky.
I'm always happy to hear from our loyal viewers. If you have a story idea forme or suggestions for Country Morning Today, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.