Joining KFYR and growing my family in North Dakota is a dream come true for me. It’s a gift to feel so at home, whether with my colleagues or my family.
I grew up in California’s wine country. I started my career after graduating with a broadcast journalism degree from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. There, I reported at KSBY before packing my bags, buying a winter wardrobe and moving to Fargo to report and anchor for Valley News Live. It was January, and I quickly found myself woefully under-prepared for a North Dakota winter despite my best attempt to locate snow boots and a parka so close to the Pacific Ocean.
The years I spent in Fargo introduced me to the kindness and hospitality of North Dakotans. I’d be stuck in many a snow bank if it wasn’t for the thoughtful people I met who insisted on pulling me out. You just don’t find that everywhere you go. I also met my husband in Fargo, who can still woo me with how fast he can scrape ice off a windshield!
We moved to Asheville, North Carolina, as I continued to chase my love for the job. I was reporting for WLOS in the western Carolina mountains when I won an Emmy for my general assignment reporting. If you ever get the chance, I’d highly recommend a visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains!
We came to Bismarck, my husband’s hometown, to be closer to family. In June of 2018, we welcomed our baby girl, Lucy, into the world. She is by far our best adventure yet, though I can no longer remember what hobbies were before bringing a newborn home. These days, getting her down for a nap is enough excitement for me! The three of us are navigating our way through this exciting chapter of life, while trying to fit in a walk for our dog, Trout, whenever possible.
I’m an early bird, anchoring Country Morning Today and the Noon Report. You can also catch my weekly segment, Homegrown with Hope, on North Dakota Today every Monday. Send me a story idea or just say hello by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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