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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
  • Shawnee Mission South students dismissed early due to smoke in building

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The school year at Shawnee Mission South is off to an unexpected hot start. Classes were dismissed early Wednesday, after smoke filled the building. It was a sudden disruption in the middle of a busy school day. “We were like, ‘What’s that? Smoke?'” said student Carlos Ramos. Students on the top floor said it got extremely hot, then smoke started filling their classrooms. “It was a lot foggier in the top floor and it was harder to […]

  • Johnson County releases canvassing results, increasing Kobach’s lead

    OLATHE, Kan. — Provisional ballots in Johnson County have been counted, and it appears the Kansas Republican Party is a step closer to naming a candidate for governor. Johnson County election officials released the results of canvassing Tuesday afternoon after counting provisional ballots cast during the primary election last week. But in an interesting twist, just before county election officials presented the results, they added two provisional ballots to the county’s totals at the last-minute during the meeting. The county found […]

  • More complaints filed, more problems discovered at Independence nursing home

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Major penalties are now being slapped on an Independence nursing home and rehab facility. FOX4 first told you about concerns at Redwood of Independence back in May. Since then, more patients and families have been filing complaints, and investigators have found even more problems. “This place — it`s harming people. It is, it’s harming people,” former Redwood patient Tony Lee said. Lee said he’s just now able to talk openly about his time as a patient at […]

  • Family says 15-year-old girl accused of killing parents was victim of frequent abuse

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 15-year-old girl is now facing murder charges, accused of killing her parents, but some family members insist the teen is the victim here. Kinderly Holmes, 37, and her boyfriend Brian Starr, 38, were found shot to death in their home back in April. Daejona Holmes faces two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence. She will be tried as an adult. But some family members say the […]

  • Miami Co. deputies recovering, investigators working to find out what substance sickened them

    MIAMI COUNTY, Kan. — Two Miami County sheriff’s deputies are out of the hospital and recovering at home after being exposed to toxic drugs Wednesday night. Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what substance made the deputies sick. But what they do know, is that this an eye-opening experience for how they handle similar situations in the future. “It was described to me like flu-like symptoms, but sudden,” Miami County Undersheriff Wayne Minckley said. Crews from the federal […]

  • Sedalia man charged for beating, starving girlfriend’s 3 young children

    SEDALIA, Mo. — A Sedalia man is behind bars, accused of horrific child abuse. The victims are three of his girlfriend’s children who were allegedly beaten, starved, locked in closets and made to eat shoes. Piles of TVs line the driveway, broken blinds in the windows, and toys litter the yard. Police say it’s inside the Sedalia home where two girls and a boy, ages 12, 9 and 8, endured horrific abuse for four years. Court records say James Hays […]

  • ‘Duck Boats are death traps’: Attorney in wrongful death lawsuit says it’s about more than money

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “For 20 years we have known that Duck Boats are death traps.” That’s how trial attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi began a news conference Monday to announce the wrongful death lawsuit filed in federal court against ‘Ride the Ducks.’ Mongeluzzi and his team of attorneys, Andrew Duffy, Jeff Goodman and Springfield, Missouri, attorney Greg Aleshire, filed the lawsuit Sunday against Ripley Entertainment alleging wrongful death, outrageous conduct and negligence. The lawsuit seeks at least $100 million in […]

  • Cass County authorities searching for driver who hit & killed 15-year-old then took off

    *Update: The Missouri State Highway Patrol said they have located the suspect vehicle. They are still looking for the driver. CASS COUNTY, Mo. — The family of a Cass County teen is desperate for answers about the deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed his life Sunday night around 9 p.m. Gavin Kush, 15, was walking with his best friend along Highway D near Highway OO, heading toward a family member’s house when he was struck. His loved ones are now hoping […]

  • Three Kansas City officers recovering from injuries suffered in shootout with murder suspect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three Kansas City Police officers are continuing to recover after being shot in the line of duty Sunday. One of them is now at home. The other two officers are still recuperating in the hospital. Monday, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith announced 25-year-old Marlin Mack was the gunman, and had previously been considered a suspect in the murder of a UMKC graduate student from India. A house tucked in deep woods was combed for evidence […]

  • 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 […]

  • WATCH: See the moment they flipped the switch on KC’s Western Auto sign

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s official: The Western Auto sign is once again lighting up the KC skyline. It’s been at least two years since the Western Auto sign has been illuminated and about 15 years since it was fully functional. Homeowners at Western Auto Lofts are all chipping in to get the lights back on and keep them glowing for years to come. The 73-foot sign, wrapped in a 150-foot arrow now shines with modern LED lights. If you […]

  • Newly approved, ‘game-changing’ opioid addiction treatment spearheaded at metro clinic

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