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
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    BUTLER, Mo. — The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating a deadly plane crash in Bates County, Missouri. The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was killed The plane went down along County Road 9004, near Interstate-49 in rural Butler, Missouri. It is a rare crash investigation for the small county. “It’s not very often we have a plane that crashes,” Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson said. But that’s exactly what […]

  • Criminal investigation into Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill now inactive, but receiver remains sidelined

    OLATHE, Kan. — Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fans are getting some positive news. The Johnson Count district attorney confirmed Friday there’s no longer an active investigation into the child abuse allegations against him. Even so, Hill and his fiancee Crystal Espinal aren’t out of the woods yet. The couple is still under the Kansas DCF microscope, and Chiefs Kingdom is divided on what his future should be with the team. He’s known for incredible catches in the […]

  • With police shootings in spotlight, FOX4 gets a first-hand look at technology helping train cadets

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  • Henry Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, remembered in public memorial

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  • Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy charged with rape of a child, other sex crimes

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy is now facing charges for allegedly raping a child, officials say. Mike Mastel has been charged with one count of rape, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy and three counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The 52-year-old is now behind bars at the Wyandotte Detention Center where he faces a $250,000 bond. Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said there is just one victim involved in all five charges, and […]

  • Gladstone police identify man killed in hit-and-run while still looking for driver

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — A man in his 30s is dead, and Gladstone police are still looking for the driver who hit and killed him in the parking lot of a thrift store Tuesday night. The incident happened just after 7 p.m. near N.E. 74th Street and North Oak Trafficway. Police are looking for a white, older-model pickup truck in connection with the incident that killed 36-year-old James E. Pettijohn. Don Henson and his friends were standing in the front yard […]

  • 2 Hickman Mills students believe they were given marijuana-laced brownies; KCPD investigating

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Hickman Mills student is in hot water after allegedly bringing marijuana-laced brownies to school. Kansas City police say two students ate the food without knowing it contained drugs and got sick to the stomach. The alleged incident happened March 28 at the Hickman Freshman Center along Old Santa Fe Road. According to Darin Snapp with the Kansas City Police Department, one of the students complained that their stomach was hurting after eating a brownie a […]

  • Thief caught trying to steal truck loaded with cookie dough in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police arrested the driver who tried to steal a truck filled with cookie dough Wednesday. Kansas City Cold Storage said the truck belongs to them, and someone broken into the truck and stole it while the driver ran inside to grab paperwork. The driver left the vehicle running. That’s when the thief jumped in and drove away. The truck was loaded with three pallets of cookie dough and ready to head to Springfield, Missouri. State Troopers […]

  • 57-year-old driving with suspended license charged in deadly crash on Shawnee Mission Pkwy.

    MERRIAM, Kan. — A Shawnee woman is now behind bars accused of driving under the influence and causing a deadly crash on Shawnee Mission Parkway earlier this week. Vicky Walter faces one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of DUI-aggravated battery and one count of driving with a suspended license. She appeared in Johnson  County court Thursday afternoon, where a judge set her bond at $500,000 and told Walter she is to partake in no drinking, no drugs, absolutely no […]

  • Police identify 3-year-old boy hit, killed by utility truck in downtown KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have released the name of the 3-year-old boy who died after being hit by a utility truck in downtown KC. The horrifying moment happened right in front of the child’s dad, near 11th & Grand around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The little boy has been identified as Jayden Courtney of Kansas City. A Spire gas company truck struck the child while driving down 11th Street, according to a witness. Jayden was standing on the sidewalk, holding […]

  • 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by vehicle near 11th and Grand in downtown KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 3-year-old boy who was hit by a utility truck in downtown Kansas City has died, officials say. The horrifying moment happened right in front of the child’s dad, near 11th & Grand around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The child’s name hasn’t been released at this time. A Spire gas company truck struck the child while driving down 11th Street, according to a witness. The child was standing on the sidewalk, holding his dad’s hand when the […]

  • Neighbor hailed as hero in Buckner apartment fire that left one hospitalized, two pets killed

    BUCKNER, Mo. — A massive wall of vivid orange flame tore through a Buckner apartment building early Monday, leaving six people displaced. It started just after 3 a.m. in a middle apartment, then spread to every unit in the building. One person was taken to the hospital and two pets sadly died. The brave actions of a neighbor are being credited with helping save lives. “I was freaking out,” neighbor Tristan Masden said. Masden lives in the building next door […]

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