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What a thrill it is to be back in the Show Me State! My news career has taken me all over the country, and it’s long been my ambition to get back to my Missouri roots. I couldn’t be happier to do so with FOX 4.

I am a native of a small Mississippi River town, Elsberry, just north of St. Louis. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and psychology minor from Webster University-St. Louis in 2006, and completed my Master of Arts in Communications Management through Webster’s online school in 2011.

After finishing undergraduate work, I started my television career as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor with KHQA in Quincy, Ill. I even filled in as a weathercaster a time or two.

Following a year in the Land of Lincoln, I headed to Tornado Alley in central Kansas to head up the Great Bend bureau for KSN-TV, where storm chasing was a frequent occurrence. During my time in the Sunflower State, I was recognized several times by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

I then swept off to Iowa in 2010 and spent three years as a reporter/fill-in anchor for KWWL in Waterloo, where my work included covering a slew of presidential candidate visits, more storm chasing, the “farm beat” and an extensive investigation into synthetic drug dealings, which ultimately led to criminal prosecution of a local store owner. I also successfully got a national food chain to change its advertising to remove a negative reference to Iowa.

In 2013, I made a big change of pace leaving the wheat and corn fields of the Midwest for the mountains of West Virginia as a reporter and weekend anchor/producer for WCHS/WVAH in Charleston. During my time in the Mountain State, I also became the chief education reporter, wrote a successful blog and spearheaded a community initiative getting high school dropouts back on the path to a diploma.

In July 2015, I was ready to leave behind snow storms for year-round sunshine as a reporter at ABC Action News in Tampa. While in Florida, I had the opportunity to cover major national stories, including presidential politics and the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub.

My husband Floyd, our son Drake, puggle Aleah and I are now proud to call Kansas City home–a community we often visited growing up, and where we have friends and family.

When I’m not chasing down the news, you might catch me outside running. I frequently compete in 5K races and have done a few triathlons. I’m also involved with my local church and Habitat for Humanity. Because apparently that’s not enough, I’m a certified Zumba instructor and dabble in portrait photography.

When I’m not busy with all of that, I love to travel, spend time with family, and catch up on St. Louis sports. We are huge Cardinals and Blues fans. (And following the bitter departure of the Rams, you might convince us to be Chiefs fans now!)

We like to say the Red Birds follow our life’s big moments–winning World Series championships the year we got married and again the year our son was born.

My job is to be a voice for you, and I welcome your input and suggestions for stories. I look forward to hearing from you!

Recent Articles
  • Nearly everything Grandview family owns is soaked and muddy

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Neighbors  near the River Oaks Golf Course are trying to clean up after a lake formed spontaneously during the heavy overnight rains, and then poured into their homes. Neighbors near the golf course at 14204 St Andrews Drive say they’re used to rain running off the golf course into their streets, but not into their homes. FOX 4’s Kera Mashek went to an apartment complex near there, which also has a river running behind it. The river also […]

  • Family mourns loss of grandfather and man who rescued them from Raytown fire

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A Raytown family is without two loved ones and their home is destroyed following a devastating fire early Wednesday morning. It turns out, one of the youngest family members may have accidentally caused the fire. A home in the 5700 block of Blue Ridge Cutoff in Raytown is now boarded up, after catching fire around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors woke up to learn two people died inside. “I was devastated. I couldn’t believe it. I mean I’ve […]

  • Crews spent morning boarding up Raytown home where fire killed two men

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Crews spent Wednesday boarding up a home and trying to determine what caused an early morning fire that forced five people from a Raytown home and killed two. The fire broke out at the home near Blue Ridge and East 57th Street around 5:05 a.m. Crews arrived on the scene five minutes later and found the home heavily engulfed in flames. The front of the home sustained heavy damage, along with the roof. Fox 4’s Kera Mashek, […]

  • Catholic groups working to protect children as Overland Park priest faces charges

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Wyandotte County priest is now facing criminal charges. Father Scott Kallal is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, stemming from an incident involving a young girl at St. Patrick’s School in Kansas City, Kan. in 2015. Parishioners at St. Pat’s and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Overland Park just learned of the allegations the weekend of July 15-16, when it was announced during mass that Fr. Kallal had been relieved […]

  • ‘Raising the BBQ’ takes Kansas City cuisine to new heights

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A party at 18th and Vine Saturday went straight to the top. A picnic table was hoisted 40 feet in the air above the jazz district. It was a spectacle brought to life by Dixie Ultra paper plates called “Raising the BBQ” “I saw it on Facebook that it was going to be out here, and I mean, we love barbecue! So of course we had to come see it,” said Alexis Claypole, who watched the […]

  • Church gets school supplies for every Blue Springs kindergartner

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — If you’re a parent, you know buying school supplies can get pretty pricey this time of  year. Thankfully, a lot of organizations are out there to help. One metro church is going above and beyond, stocking up every first-time student in Blue Springs. Epic Church is preparing an epic giveaway for the start of school. Last year, the church, located in the Blue Springs district, adopted an entire kindergarten class of 75 students. “We heard so […]

  • Studies reveal firefighters face unexpected threat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s no doubt that firefighters have a risky job.  But studies are now increasingly finding cancer is one of the biggest threats they face. One firefighter’s wife is on a mission to help limit the risk. “Every single day he goes to work, you worry,” said Dawn Eddings. Dawn Eddings has gotten used to those fears. Her husband Joseph is a Kansas City firefighter. “But never ever have I thought my husband could die from cancer, […]

  • Loved ones hope story of Adrian Jones can save other lives

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kan. Boy whose abuse and horrific death made national headlines is being remembered this weekend for his life.  Adrian Jones, 7, died in 2015, after enduring torture and starvation, and after he died, his body was fed to pigs. Now, family, friends, and he community are honoring him and hoping to prevent other kids from suffering. The story of seven-year-old Adrian Jones is hard to forget. “When you get a gift so precious […]

  • Kansas City spray ground sits empty in the heat after vandals damage sprinklers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the summer heat, the water is definitely a good place to be and stay cool. But one Kansas City neighborhood says right now, kids have nowhere to go. A popular neighborhood pool at Gillham Park is shut down this summer after several years with problems. And now, a popular spray pad nearby is closed because of vandalism. Rahmir Gibbs and his siblings come to Spring Valley Park a lot, especially in the summer. “I kind […]

  • Grandview woman fighting for her life after being run over during robbery

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — A Grandview woman is fighting for her life after trying to stop a robbery.  Police say someone tried to steal from a Metro PCS Store at 99th & Holmes last night around 8 p.m., and an employee went after them. “It was terrible.  The most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Tammi Outland. Tammi Outland is still trying to process what she saw outside her store Tuesday night. “It was a normal night, about […]

  • KC businessman and philanthropist James B. Nutter passes away at 89

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City icon has died.  James Nutter, Sr. passed away at 89.  He ran one of the oldest and largest family-owned mortgage lending firms in the country.  Nutter was also widely recognized as one of the region’s biggest philanthropists. Around Kansas City, you don’t have to look hard to see the impacts of Jim Nutter, Sr. “His generosity has really blessed so many people in and throughout the community,” said Stephenie Smith, executive director of […]

  • Man charged with killing grandfather, stuffing him in freezer assaulted female guard, jail says

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Law enforcement is now saying the man who assaulted a guard inside in the Jackson County Jail Thursday was just arrested over the weekend for allegedly killing his 77-year-old grandfather in Blue Springs. Tyreik Baldwin, 21,  is charged with first-degree murder in his grandfather’s death. The Jackson County Sheriff’s office says Baldwin was meeting with an attorney, and when he was being taken back to his cell he apparently attacked a female guard. That guard was […]