You know that old saying, “You Can’t Go Home Again?” Well, I am happy to say that I have proved that wrong! I am proud to say that I have spent most of my life in the D.C. Metro Area.
In fact when I meet people, I’m never sure if I know them from elementary or high school, my Father’s church or my old Girl Scout Brownie’s Troop. Although I spent the first few years of my life as a Peace Corps baby, one of my proudest accomplishments thus far is having the privilege of working in television in this town where my parents are able to watch me whenever they want just by turning on FOX 5 News Morning.
I started in television working behind the scenes at ABC News after graduating from Hampton University. Coincidentally, one of my proudest moments thus far is being inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism Hall of Fame from my alma mater.
Less than two years after graduating from HU, I entered the Masters of Mass Communication Program at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. It would be several more years during the “Blizzard of 1993,” before I landed my first job in front of the camera in Utica, New York. Trust me it was a long and crazy road to upstate NY!
In the years after USC, I even worked for a company called Trucker TV as a Production Assistant and a Writer in my quest to get my first on-air gig. My career would take me to Binghamton, NY where I became the first woman and to serve as main anchor at WBNG-TV, Albany, NY, where I helped to launch WXXA’s 10 o’clock news and St. Louis, Missouri as weekend anchor. In the summer of 1999, I got the call that I had been waiting for from WTTG.
I can be seen weekdays on FOX 5 News Morning, but I haven’t always held this particular job at Channel 5. I was hired as a general assignment reporter for the evening news, but I have also served as health reporter, noon anchor and midday anchor. Since 2007, I have been fortunate enough to serve as a main anchor of the show that I have come to love, FOX 5 News Morning, and now Good Day DC. I have seen this show expand from a three-and-a-half-hour show to a show that is 6 hours and 35 minutes long, and I am proud of every minute.
During my time at WTTG-TV, I have felt the support of our viewers who have been with me since I started, through my marriage and the birth of our three daughters. In fact, I had my first ever baby shower live on the air, and the public met Sydney, Skylar and Spencer before we even came home, thanks to a camera in our hospital rooms! I truly feel like the viewers are my extended family and I have been honored to be in the anchor chair to report on events that have shaped our lives.