I enjoy the community interaction general assignment reporting brings because it allows me to understand different facets of the community under a variety of conditions. I also have a strong interest in politics and economics and report frequently on these subjects.
I believe journalists play a critical role in helping the public understand the issues facing policymakers and, in turn, helping policymakers understand the potential impact of their decisions on the people they serve. During my time at KRCG 13, I have emphasized reporting on public policy matters. My interview subjects have included both of Missouri’s U.S. senators, numerous state and local lawmakers, and countless citizens of Missouri, each with a story to tell. In 2016, I earned a Gold Award from the Kansas City Press Club for state Capitol beat reporting. Additionally, I was part of the news team that earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence.
In April of 2017, I became the first television journalist in mid-Missouri to earn an FAA Part 107 Commercial UAS Operator license. As part of KRCG 13’s drone operating team, I helped pioneer the station’s aerial videography program, which has added a new dimension to our visual storytelling.
Prior to joining KRCG 13, I was a reporter, anchor and producer at KOMU 8 News, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, for two years.
I hold a master’s degree in public affairs reporting and a bachelor’s degree in convergence journalism, both from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.