I work in the web world at FOX 4 and bring our on-air product plus a lot more right to your fingertips through online, mobile and social platforms. I joined the FOX 4 Newsroom in 2012.
While I’m originally from Arlington, Texas; Missouri has been my home for the most part since August of 2005 when I began attending the University of Missouri in Columbia. I am a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and hold both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school.
I’ve worked in a variety of facets as a journalist, including a stint as a graphics artist for the Columbia Missourian newspaper, an online editor and writer for The Lutheran magazine in Chicago and as an assignment/web editor for KOMU-TV. My experience at KOMU led me down I-70 to Kansas City.
I enjoy bringing a compelling blend of both interesting and important stories to fox4kc.com. I particularly enjoy writing stories about crime, sports and the offbeat, wacky stories that make you chuckle.
When I’m not at my desk looking over Signal Hill, you can probably find me at a sporting event. I’m an avid Mizzou fan and still love the teams I grew up with in DFW, particularly the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. Kansas City is a lot happier when the Chiefs and Royals are playing well, so I root for them most of the time and root for Sporting Kansas City all of the time.
I look forward to the days when the Sprint Center has a professional hockey or basketball team and still hold out hope that the Missouri/Kansas rivalry will find its way to a court or field sometime in the near future.

Recent Articles
  • Northwest Missouri guardians face more than 40 charges in child abuse investigation

    ALBANY, Mo. — An 11-year-old girl told investigators that over the past year she was handcuffed to a metal cage on a daily basis, shocked with a stun six times and often had a protein shake as her only meal of the day. Jennifer A. Reed and Raymond E. Burks each face dozens of charges, including nine counts of kidnapping, 16 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, nine counts of domestic assault, six counts of armed criminal action […]

  • KC police chief confirms man who shot 3 officers was man wanted in murder of UMKC student

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith issued an update Monday on the three officers who were shot on Sunday at two different crime scenes. He also identified the man who was under surveillance and opened fire on the officers. You can replay the entire news conference in the video player above. Chief Smith said they received approximately 40 tips–eight of them leading specifically to the suspect–after releasing surveillance video of the man they believe walked into J’s […]

  • Clinton man facing several charges for allegedly firing gun at police during standoff

    CLINTON, Mo. — The Henry County prosecutor filed charges against a man who allegedly shot at officers during a standoff in Clinton on Saturday. Rick Lee McCartney, 46, faces three counts of first degree assault involving a special victim, and three counts of armed criminal action. Court documents say officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of South Main Street on Saturday at about 4 p.m. As they entered the home to investigate they heard McCartney say […]

  • Standoff scene cleared, motel guests describe shooting scene where Kansas City officers were hurt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three officers were shot and hurt on Sunday, setting off a manhunt the ended with a suspect shot and killed, and a standoff that lasted for hours in east Kansas City. Police cleared a scene at the Sky-Vu Motel at about 3 p.m., towing away a police car that had been shot. The motel was the first scene in a chaotic afternoon where the three officers were shot in two different locations, then police shot and killed […]

  • Suspect killed in shootout, three officers shot and hospitalized in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say three officers shot in Kansas City on Sunday are expected to survive, and the alleged gunman is dead after a shootout with police. Investigators say that shooter was a suspect in the recent killing of a UMKC student. Suspect was under surveillance for the killing of the UMKC student at 54th and Prospect two Friday’s ago. — Rebecca Gannon (@GannonReports) July 15, 2018 Investigators say two officers were initially shot when they encountered the […]

  • Three police officers shot at two different Kansas City locations; suspect found dead after shootout

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three police officers were shot in Kansas City on Sunday in two different locations. The suspect was later killed in a shootout with police, and was being watched as a possible suspect in the recent killing of a UMKC student. Suspect was under surveillance for the killing of the UMKC student at 54th and Prospect two Friday’s ago. — Rebecca Gannon (@GannonReports) July 15, 2018 Investigators say two officers were initially shot when they encountered the […]

  • Three officers shot in Kansas City in two locations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two police officers were shot on Sunday morning, setting off a search for the gunman, and then another officer was shot when police converged on the shooter’s location. There was a standoff in the area of 30th and Topping where the third officer was hit. Police have confirmed the officers are injured, saying they are in stable condition, but didn’t release the severity of the injuries. We have crews getting the latest information from the scene, […]

  • Passengers say driver charged with manslaughter hit victim before crashing car in Buckner, Mo.

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Prosecutors charged a 24-year-old Independence man with involuntary manslaughter on Thursday for a deadly crash that happened months ago. Suspect Matthew Hepting is also charged with two counts of DWI – serious physical injury for a crash that happened during the early morning hours of February 7. Court records say Hepting was driving a Pontiac G6 near Blue Mills Road and Buckner Tarnsey when the crash happened. Investigators say the car skidded more than 250 feet off of […]

  • Suspect accused of firing gunshot during struggle with Lenexa police officers

    LENEXA, Kan. — An Overland Park man is accused of firing a gun when Lenexa officers tried to detain him at a park early on Thursday morning. Nobody was hit by the bullet, but 32-year-old John Rogers now faces three felonies and a misdemeanor. Lenexa police tell FOX4 that officers saw drug paraphernalia in Rogers’ vehicle at about 12:40 a.m., and attempted to arrest him. He resisted, pulling a gun from his waistband and firing a shot. Investigators say one […]

  • Watch Live: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein special law enforcement announcement

    WASHINGTON — Media is assembling Friday morning for a special law enforcement announcement from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he’s expected to make remarks related to Robert Mueller’s special counsel. Watch his news conference in the video player.

  • KCK man charged with murder in KCMO shooting that killed woman, injured man

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors charged a Kansas City, Kan., man with second degree murder related to a deadly shooting that happened at 9th and Chestnut on June 30. Gari Mansaw, is under arrest and accused in the shooting that killed 21-year-old Stephanie Davis. He is also accused of assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Court records say officers responded to the area of 9th and Chestnut just before 5 a.m. on June 30 where they found a […]

  • Federal kidnapping charge filed against suspect in Lenexa AMBER Alert

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man suspected in the kidnapping of a Lenexa teenager that set off an AMBER Alert last week is facing a federal charge in Kansas.  Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint on Monday for kidnapping against 22-year-old Dechon White. The alert went out Friday, July 6 just before 3 p.m., and was canceled just before 6 p.m. when the 13-year-old victim was found and police arrested the suspect in Minnesota. Court documents say the victim’s family contacted […]