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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
  • Former opponent glad allegations against Jackson County sheriff finally made public

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The resignation of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp is a bit of vindication for his former political opponent. Brice Stewart worked in the sheriff’s office and ran against Mike Sharp for sheriff in 2016. He tried to bring attention to Sharp’s troubles then and now hopes what’s happened is a wake-up call for Jackson County. Stewart is a former cop, who started working in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department IT division soon after Mike Sharp was […]

  • Schlitterbahn co-owner pleads not guilty to murder, other charges in first court appearance

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The co-owner of Schlitterbahn pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and several other charges related to the death of a 10-year-old at the KCK water park. Jeff Henry made his first court appearance in Wyandotte County and entered a not-guilty plea as his journey into the legal system begins. Henry left court in a suit and tie, now free on bond. But the co-owner of Schlitterbahn was not ready to share his side of the […]

  • Metro mom frustrated after KC cemetery forces her to pay to find her baby’s remains

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County mother is livid after learning a metro cemetery may have botched her infant son’s burial. A tiny book is all Sarah Postpichal has to remember her baby boy, Weston. “I was 18 years old, didn’t know a lot, but I was ready. I was grateful for the opportunity to love him,” Postpichal said. She only got to spend seven short hours loving him. Weston was stillborn from a brain defect. “This was totally […]

  • Chance for record-low temperatures Tuesday night could be trouble for outdoor plants

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The chance for a deep freeze Tuesday night could spell trouble for your outdoor plants. Nurseries and landscaping companies are working hard to keep their stock safe, and there’s plenty you can do to help keep your outdoor areas from getting zapped by the cold blast. The gorgeous bright pinks, purples, and yellows of beautiful flowers and blooming trees are a sure sign spring is near. But this season, Mother Nature’s had other ideas, including snow — […]

  • Some neighbors of Lone Jack feed operation concerned about potential expansion

    LONE JACK, Mo. — The battle over a proposed animal feeding operation on the Jackson-Johnson County line in Missouri is heating up. Signs are now popping up all over Lone Jack, with neighbors both for and against the big expansion planned at Valley Oaks Steaks. The company currently operates a feed operation with about 900 head of cattle. The new plan calls for a confined animal feeding operation, or CAFO, with 7,000 cows producing 290 tons of manure a day. […]

  • Oak Grove’s new K9 officer already making a big difference

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A new member of the Oak Grove Police Department is proving to be a big help.  Monday, the department’s new K9 officer helped nab a wanted suspect. Monday morning, a car was stolen from the QuikTrip in Oak Grove.  Police say they tracked the vehicle’s GPS to a remote neighborhood near the county line at NE 3rd and Campbell Streets. Police K9 officer Merlin picked up the suspect’s scent and followed the suspect’s footprints through the […]

  • Gardner day care under investigation after mom says daughter was in ‘baby jail’ for hours

    GARDNER, Kan. — A Johnson County day care is now being investigating after a mother says her toddler was put into a “baby jail” for hours. “It`s supposed to be a place that you trust,” mom Caitlin McKenna said. McKenna’s kids have been attending Kiddie Corner day care in Gardner since November. One of the reasons she chose the center was for its classroom cameras. This week, she did a routine afternoon check-in and noticed her daughter was penned up […]

  • Gladstone family warning of pest control impersonator after attempted break-in

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — Northland neighbors are warning of a pest control impersonator. A homeowner who contracted a legitimate company fears the fraudster is tailing the real exterminators in hopes of committing a crime. Eric Mansauri just moved to his Gladstone neighborhood with family. Last week, he was home when their pest control company came by for a routine treatment. “Dude was super professional and all that,” Mansauri said. After the exterminator left, he walked down the back steps to make […]

  • Blue Springs residents demand action on sketchy hotel

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A handful of extended stay hotels in Blue Springs are creating a call to action for residents. A Facebook post showing photos of trash piles and severely neglected maintenance at the Welcome Inn off I-70 are also getting attention at city hall. Despite its name, one Blue Springs motel doesn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat. Piles of trash are everywhere, including a swimming pool that looks more like a dumpster. “We’ve been here since 2008 […]

  • KC mayor touts Kansas City’s progress, addresses challenges in State of the City speech

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his 7th annual State of the City address Tuesday, highlighting some major milestones but also opportunities to keep moving the city forward. A big focus of the mayor’s speech was on rebuilding the city from the ground up. He touted the voter-approved $800 million in GO bond funding and the many projects now getting underway to improve infrastructure from sidewalks to streets, bridges and flood control. And of course, he […]

  • Waldo, Brookside residents sad to see dozens of neighborhoods’ mature trees cut down

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Waldo and Brookside residents are upset after a bunch of mature trees were recently chopped down. The city says it had to happen to make improvements residents citywide are asking for. The landscape of a pristine Waldo neighborhood along East 74th Street is changing. “I walked outside and my tree wasn’t here that’d been there my whole life, and it kind of caught me off guard,” resident Nik Hilfenani said. “Then I looked down the […]

  • KU advancing to Elite 8 means new rules for celebrations in downtown Lawrence

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jayhawk nation is ramping up for Friday night’s match-up against Clemson in the Sweet 16. But if Kansas brings home a win, it means new rules moving forward for celebrations during the Elite 8 and beyond in downtown Lawrence. Lawrence Police Officer Drew Fennelly made the rounds Wednesday on Mass Street to share the new rules with every downtown business owner. Should the Jayhawks advance to the Elite 8 and beyond, new rules kick in for game-time celebrations […]