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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
  • Metro residents gather to join #NeverAgain movement calling for lawmakers to address school safety

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A grassroots movement is taking shape all across the country following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. last week. Groups right here in Kansas City are taking part, joining the #NeverAgain calls. In a small room tucked in the Leawood library, more than 500 postcards were inked Friday by everyday people concerned about violence and asking their congressional and state representatives to step up. “I’m hoping that somehow the public outcry will reach our elected representatives […]

  • KC family trusts God with pain after losing oldest daughter in crash, helping youngest daughter with severe injuries

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This week marks six months since the lives of a Kansas City pastor’s family changed forever. Their pick-up was sideswiped on the way to school near Gregory and Paseo on Aug. 23. Five days after the crash, their middle child, Elise, died from her injuries. Elise’s little sister, Hope, the youngest survivor of the crash, continues to make miraculous progress. “It has been an incredible journey.  One that has been the hardest thing we’ve ever walked […]

  • Local groups fight back as opioid abuse epidemic skyrockets in Kansas City metro

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump declared a new era in the war on drugs, pledging a crackdown on dealers. “The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail,” Trump said. Opioids ranging from pain pills to heroin are now killing four people every hour in the United States. Missouri is among the states seeing a big jump in overdoses. The troubling trend is […]

  • Neighbors fed up when untreated road leads to numerous crashes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many neighborhood roads across the metro are still proving treacherous. In south Kansas City, a section of street had to be shut down for hours because so many cars were sliding off the ice. Chris Shaw and his roommate can look out their living room window and watch car after car after car end up in the ditch. “A Blazer came down through here, down this embankment and into these trees,” said Shaw. Another vehicle came […]

  • Church bell stolen from Independence church has been found, but it has a few cracks

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A large bell stolen from the grounds of an Independence church has been found. It was late Friday when a man found the bell, which dates back to 1912, under an I-435 overpass near Truman Road. The man said he thought it was strange to see such a large bell in that particular location so he recruited some help and loaded it up. He was later watching FOX4 when he saw that thieves had taken it from […]

  • Independence Center gets new owner planning to ‘reinvigorate’ shopping mall

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence Center got a brand new managing partner Friday afternoon. Last year, the previous owner of the mall, Simon Property Group, defaulted on a $200 million loan. Friday, the mall officially hit foreclosure sale status and was scooped up fast. California-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners is now officially the managing partner of the eastern Jackson County mall. In a statement, Pacific Retail said it has plans to “reinvigorate” Independence Center, which has been in the community since 1974. […]

  • New program inspects Independence rental homes to hold landlords accountable

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A new program in Independence is helping crack down on problems in rental houses. Properties now have to undergo basic health and safety inspections. Rental Ready inspectors come to properties and walk through them, thoroughly looking at all kinds of everyday items to make sure they’re safe. The goal overall is to improve living conditions for people across the community. “We’re looking for nine basic things,” an inspector said. Steve LeVota is one of six approved contractors […]

  • Friends, family hold vigil for Shawnee Mission East student likely coming off life-support after scary crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends and family of a metro teen clinging to life gathered Wednesday night to pray for a miracle. Alex Carney, a sophomore at Shawnee Mission East High School, has been on life-support since he was involved in a bad car crash one week ago. Friends came together Wednesday night at Loose Park, knowing they might have to say goodbye soon. His family plans to remove the teen from life support. A family spokesperson shared online that doctors […]

  • 8 years later, family and police still looking for suspect in fatal shooting of KCK father

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Wednesday marks eight years since a KCK father was fatally shot, but police still don’t know who killed him. Johnny Valdivia was just 26 years old and the dad of a newborn little boy when he was killed in 2010. Crime Stoppers said it’s only gotten about six tips over the years in the case. The family has worked to raise money every year to help increase the reward for information. Right now, it stands at […]

  • Some parents concerned as North Kansas City School District changes start and stop times

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — North Kansas City School District voted Tuesday night to change up bell times for next school year, but not all parents are on board. In some cases, kids would start school 90 minutes earlier in the morning or stay 30 minutes later in the afternoon. But parents are worried that big swings in class schedules will make family life tougher. Cora Spall has three kids attending North KC schools, and she’s concerned about the changes […]

  • KC Council approves revised plan with Edgemoor for new single terminal airport in 8-5 vote

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Council has approved a revised memorandum of understanding with Edgemoor on Thursday night for Kansas City’s new single terminal airport. The memorandum passed in an 8-5 vote. Council members Scott Wagner, Heather Hall, Teresa Loar, Lee Barnes Jr. and Scott Taylor voted against the revised memorandum. Council members Dan Fowler, Quinton Lucas, Jermaine Reed, Katheryn Shields, Jolie Justus, Alissia Canady, Kevin McManus and Mayor Sly James all voted in favor of it. Just […]

  • Hundreds of KC job openings available for laid-off Procter & Gamble workers, metro job expert says

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The announcement to shut down the Procter & Gamble plant in KCK comes just one week after Harley Davidson said it will close its KCMO plant, which affected roughly 800 workers. Although nearly 1,100 total layoffs in a week’s time isn’t welcome news, metro employment experts insist there is a silver lining and plenty of reasons for those affected to stay in the community. Dish soaps many of us use come off the factory line in […]