I’ve wanted to be a journalist my entire life. My parents say my favorite channel as a baby was CNN. I’ve carried that passion throughout my entire life.
I was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
I got involved in broadcasting as soon as I could. Just check out the video on the right. That's me before I could grow facial hair, reading school announcements in sixth grade and my senior year of high school.
After high school, I enrolled in the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying broadcast news.
It was there I began to find my voice.
I spent two years working for a weekly student-run newscast, where I did everything from anchor, to direct to run the cameras.
I performed the same duties for a student-run sports program.
I spent four years as a live on-air DJ at KVCU Radio 1190, the university’s radio station. Being a live DJ may have been my favorite experience while in college.
I also wrote for the Colorado Daily newspaper, profiling local businesses.
Soon after graduating, I found a job at KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I learned the ropes of professional journalism while enjoying the clear air and small town hospitality.
I then spent more than three years as a bureau reporter for WDAZ-TV in their Devils Lake, North Dakota office. I was a one-man bureau, so I learned how to be self-reliant there, enterprising interesting stories without any help. I also learned how to truly become a part of the community and saw up close how journalism can make an impact locally.
I think I found my calling at KVRR. Helping build and launch a newscast is a huge endeavor. We learned how to organize a newscast and deal with any number of last-minute changes on the fly. Anchoring and producing a two-hour newscast has prepared me for almost anything thrown my way.
I never thought I'd be where I am today, but that's part of the beauty of being a journalist. The profession takes to new and exciting places, and I'm excited for what will come next.