PHOTO: This job has taken me places I'd never imagine going! Like inside a military refueling plane.
I was born and raised in Dakota City, Nebraska, a small town just a few miles outside Sioux City, Iowa. I've had a love for media and journalism for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching the local NBC affiliate, KTIV and the TODAY Show every morning before school, dreaming of one day being the next Katie Couric.
Years later, I found myself at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and switched my major from psychology to Mass Communications during my Sophomore year. My very first broadcast experience was coverage of President Barack Obama's Presidential campaign visit to campus in September of 2012. It didn't take long before I found a passion for radio.
I was highly involved in my school's sports broadcasting department, broadcasting football, basketball, baseball/softball and volleyball games for Morningside College. Along with sports broadcasting, I hosted a weekly radio show on KMSC Fusion 93 and also was a contributing writer for the Collegian Reporter. During college I co-hosted and produced a popular NASCAR podcast, interviewing motorsports professionals and discussing the weeks hottest topics in the racing industry.
In 2015, I took my first professional job as a Production Assistant and Photographer for the local ABC affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa.
In March of 2016, I moved to the CBS/FOX affiliate in Sioux City, IA as their Digital Content Producer and Weekend News Producer and have moved up into the title of reporter and finally, evening news anchor. During my time at Siouxland News, I not only helped evolve our digital presence into a trusted news source within the Siouxland community, but grew into a dedicated multimedia journalist covering everything from investigations to breaking news.
During my time at Siouxland News, I truly fell in love with television and the stories we tell. I had opportunities that I never would have had anywhere else and it was a blessing and honor to share the stories of my hometown and local community.
In May 2023, Siouxland News was shuttered and our local newsroom closed down. In July 2023, I joined the NBC affiliate in Sioux City, KTIV, as a Senior Reporter and Anchor.
May 2021: Anchoring Siouxland News at 5 with the legendary Larry Wentz!
Along with my television experience, I have also spent many years as an on-air personality for a local branch of radio stations, including a year-long stint as the morning co-host of a popular top-40 morning radio show.
Throughout college and after, I was a contributing writer for multiple motorsports websites. During that time, I was a featured contributor for the HuffPost and Motorsport.com, covering NASCAR races from area Midwest tracks.
When I am not working or watching a race on TV, you'll often find me with a book in hand and music playing. I love to travel and one of my favorite places in the world is the theater district in New York City.
Coffee is also a permanent extension of my hand. I am rarely without a cup!
Through it all, I am a media junkie at heart. I love the way that the same story can be told so many different ways. I love knowing that a story can change a life. It still baffles me that the words I write can have a profound impact on someone else and maybe inspire them to make a change. Media is an ever-changing medium and I can't want to learn and grow right along with it.
March 2021: A one-on-one interview with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, discussing everything from COVID-19 to the latest legislation.