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.

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
  • With more than 250 crashes in past year, officials increase patrols at I-29 & Barry Road

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In just the past year, there have been 263 crashes in the area of Interstate 29 and Barry Road. That’s why new efforts are underway, aimed at keeping you safe. It’s a busy interstate with a speed limit of 65 mph, but you’ll spot a lot of drivers going much faster. “You do 65, 70, people still pass you. So you get off the traffic lane, get in the slow lane, and you still block people […]

  • Blasting operations to begin at long-dormant Lee’s Summit quarry despite neighborhood concerns

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Starting Wednesday, a company will start using explosives to bust up a long-dormant rock quarry in Lee’s Summit, eventually clearing the land for future development. But the sudden change to include blasting isn’t sitting well with hundreds of homeowners near Interstate 470 and Pryor Road. The mine site in Lee’s Summit hasn’t been fully operational since the 1980s. But four years ago, a new company began slowly extracting and hauling aggregate from the site. Several months ago, […]

  • Businesses work to find new homes after devastating North KC fire

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Investigators say a careless cigarette smoker is to blame for a massive fire on Tuesday that gutted a building home to 13 businesses in North Kansas City. A thick plume of black smoke an deep orange flames shooting into the sky are images now seared in Vic Allred’s mind. “It was crazy. I was like wow! That’s probably all my records right there!” Allred said. Allred owns five restaurants, and his corporate office was housed […]

  • 5 candidates interviewed for Jackson County interim sheriff; decision expected Monday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’re a step closer to learning who will be the next leader of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. A nine-member panel interviewed the top five candidates Friday. This all comes after former Sheriff Mike Sharp resigned amid scandal last month. The five candidates are: Rosilyn Allen, retired Kansas City Police major; Ramona Arroyo, retired Kansas City Police sergeant; Darryl Forte, retired Kansas City Police chief; James Ripley, retired Missouri State Highway Patrol lieutenant; and Michael Rogers, patrol enforcement […]

  • Documents reveal extensive travel on taxpayers’ dime by former Jackson County Sheriff

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five finalists for Jackson County’s interim sheriff are set to be interviewed Friday. As we wait to see who’s chosen as the next leader of the department, we’re learning more about what led to former Sheriff Mike Sharp’s resignation. FOX4 has been digging into the sheriff’s expense reports and found he was spending a lot of your tax dollars for he and his mistress to travel. A massive stack of documents spell out five years worth of […]

  • Woman warns of Independence nursing home facing state investigation after alleged neglect

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The state of Missouri is investigating concerns about an Independence nursing home, and it turns out, the company running it has a troubled history, including an ongoing wrongful death lawsuit. Joy Titus is now banned from Redwood of Independence after filing a complaint against the nursing home last month about her husband’s treatment in the dementia unit. But she’s not backing down and wants what happened to her family to be a lesson to others. Titus loves […]

  • Lane closures set to begin this month as Buck O’Neil Bridge undergoes critical repairs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A massive overhaul to one of the busiest Missouri River crossings into Kansas City is about to begin. The Buck O’Neil Bridge is more than 60 years old and faces major structural problems. “It scares me for my safety but also just ease of use,” commuter Jenna Felsen said. The bridge has been deemed in urgent need of repairs to fix significant structural deterioration. “How can you not think about it and not worry about it?” […]

  • Ritz Charles event center in Overland Park abruptly closes

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An iconic, long-standing event center in Overland Park is now closed for good. The Ritz Charles is a massive 34,000 square foot space with four ballrooms.  It announced Monday it would be closing immediately, putting dozens of upcoming events in limbo. The facility had consistenly been ranked among the top event spaces in the Kansas City area for years.  The meals, service and decor, all among reasons the New Theatre Scholarship Guild has selected the venue […]

  • Man accused of killing 23-year-old pregnant girlfriend in Olathe appears in court

    OLATHE, Kan. — The man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in Olathe was in court Friday afternoon for his first appearance. Devonte Wash, 26, is charged with capital murder in the death of 23-year-old Ashley Harlan.  Harlan was found shot to death in her Olathe townhouse Jan. 30. Wash stood before a camera, answering brief questions from a judge hearing the capital murder charge against him. Several of Ashely Harlan’s family members were in the courtroom to watch the proceeding. […]

  • Kansas City mom who feared buried infant son was lost finally gets closure

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City mom now has closure after fearing a cemetery had lost her infant son. A tiny casket brings deep pain for Sarah Postpichal. “It’s more than grieving. It was suffering the loss all over again from the moment that it started,” Postpichal said. Being back at a grave site with her infant son was also bittersweet relief for Postpichal. “A million pounds lifted off my shoulders. Completion,” she said. Back in early April, came […]

  • Jackson County jail task force holds first meeting without former sheriff Mike Sharp

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Jail Task Force held its first meeting since Sheriff Mike Sharp resigned from office amid a personal scandal. Sharp had been assigned to be part of the task force by County Executive Frank White. The 17-member panel has been talking about ways to improve safety at the jail, following months of problems including inmate deaths and an audit report showing the facility was “in crisis” last summer. Task force members said there’s plenty […]

  • Mission neighborhood shaken after drive-by shooting

    MISSION, Kan. — A quiet Johnson County neighborhood is shaken after a drive-by shooting Thursday night. Neighbors said it all started as an argument at a grocery store near from 61st Street and Glenwood in Mission. Two cars full of teens came racing down the street with an adult walking beside them, arguing. Moments later, gunshots rang out. Austin Swailes was working in his yard when he heard the commotion. The moving argument kept going until it reached the intersection […]