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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
  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund teams up with Charlie Hustle to give toys and gifts to KC kids and families in need

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For nearly 140 years, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in Kansas City has been doing more than lighting up the holidays. Since 1878, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund has made the holidays a little more merry for kids and families in need. But the program could use your help to spread some cheer this season. “We’re very proud of the work that we do, and it’s all thanks to the charitable giving from the community all around […]

  • Good Samaritans honored for rescuing driver from fiery semi crash on I-435

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe North High School senior is being recognized for bravely stepping in to help a total stranger. He and two other Good Samaritans helped pull a driver from a burning semi truck on Interstate 435 back in August. Saturday, his actions were honored. Traffic camera video shows the terrifying moments a semi trucked slammed into a barricade on westbound I-435 at the Antioch split on August 16. “What first caught my attention was the smoke,” said […]

  • Step by step, here are tips to help students find extra money for college

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re a parent of school age kids, you’re probably already stressing about how to pay for college. The average student leaves college with nearly $40,000 in loan debt. Joshua Burdette is the a college advisor at University Academy in Kansas City. He says the first big step every parent and student can take starting freshman year is to focus on keeping grades up. “GPA, GPA, GPA! Schools like test scores but at the end of […]

  • Mice and squirrels nibbling on your car’s wires could be a pesky — and expensive — problem

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pesky and pricey problem is on the rise: mice and squirrels chewing through wires inside your car. Trenton Thompson is learning the ins and outs of fixing cars as an automotive student at Metropolitan Community College. At his internship, he’s finding mice and squirrels are a more common culprit under the hood. “It’s like a little house,” he said. “They’re protected from the wind, the water, the rain. So they’re pretty comfortable in there.” In […]

  • City leaders put in bid to bring NFL Draft to Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is hoping to draw tens of thousands of football fans, by submitting a bid to host the NFL Draft. A team of top city leaders flew to New York City Wednesday, selling Kansas City to the NFL. They’re hoping Kansas City could host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft.  Should the city get chosen, it could be the biggest platform the city’s ever had. Even on an off game day, sports fans huddle into […]

  • Renovate or rebuild? New Jackson County Jail task force has big decisions ahead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new group is now tasked with deciding if Jackson County’s jail can be fixed or if a new one is needed. “I have responsibilities here for safety and security of the inmates and the corrections officers,” Jackson County Executive Frank White said. In two separate studies, conditions at the jail have been described as a dangerous crisis that needs immediate attention. The county said it’s now time to get serious, and a task force is […]

  • Task force will help decide future of failing Jackson County jail

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Detention Center is considered dangerous and in desperate need of repairs, according to multiple studies on the facility. A recent design firm hired by Jackson County estimated the jail needed a minimum of $150 million in repairs to fix the problems. Pressure has been mounting to address the problems, after alleged criminal activity and unsanitary conditions and other issues were reported at the jail at 1300 Cherry St. On Tuesday, Jackson County Executive […]

  • Fans celebrate their pop culture favorites at KC Comic Con

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Halloween might be over, but a ton of people are out in costume for Kansas City’s annual Comic Con. The convention is being held at Bartle Hall downtown and is open to all ages. The event features dozens of vendors with toys, games, and of course comic books. Several local comic creators also get a chance to show off their works for free. Excited cosplayers came dressed up as their favorite characters from TV, movies, and […]

  • Local veteran gets service dog thanks to nonprofit

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A local military veteran and father of six is getting a new partner to help with his daily struggles. The group FISH, Friends in Service of Heroes, and its partners, presented Army vet Wes Helton with a new service dog Saturday in Overland Park. The goldendoodle named Dazie is about to finish her training. Wes suffers from a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and has recurring seizures. Dazie knows how to detect the symptoms of his seizures […]

  • Police say man murdered in Blue Springs had no connection to the accused killer, may have been caught in fight

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A Raytown man is now charged with shooting and killing a total stranger outside a Blue Springs restaurant. Friends of the victim, Clint Peckman, say what happened was senseless. The suspect’s ex-girlfriend says she feels terrible, but never expected things to go this far. A silver Camaro sits on an Independence street shot up, the tires slashed, and tail lights busted. “We woke up to the car alarm going off,” Lizzie Lacey said. Lizzie Lacey says […]

  • Experts gather in KC to brainstorm ways to fight opioid abuse as overdoses & deaths hit historic highs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 900 people died from opioid drug overdoses in Missouri last year. The nationwide spike in deaths from these kinds of drugs recently prompted President Trump to declare opioid abuse a national health emergency. That’s why experts from around the region are coming together, looking for ways to reverse the tragic trend. Those who gathered Thursday for the Kansas City Regional Opioid Summit said it’s a real problem in the state. In fact, just in […]

  • With voters approving new KCI, now the real work begins; here’s what to expect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Voters overwhelmingly supported a new single terminal KCI in Tuesday’s election. “I think that road to a world class airport starts today as we roll up our sleeves and get rolling forward,” Kansas City council memberJermaine Reed said. While the much-debated, yearslong fight for a new airport is over, the hard work of making it a reality begins. Right now, it’s business as usual at KCI. But a lot of travelers are upbeat, ready for adventures […]