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
  • 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 […]

  • Missouri governor forms task force to investigate state’s daycare regulations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Governor Mike Parson is forming a new task force to study the state’s childcare regulations. It comes on the heels of a horrific case of abuse in St. Louis, where a child is seen on video being dragged and thrown against a cabinet. Some in the daycare industry believe there is at least one significant, but simple change, that could help keep kids safe. Kristina Mayfield is a mother of two. Before staying at home […]

  • KC pastor reunited with stolen truck after trash truck driver spots it on his route

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A tag on FOX4’s Facebook page helped reunite a KC pastor with his stolen pick-up truck. On Monday, FOX4 first told you about Jason Johns’ 1996 Ford F250 truck being stolen while parked outside Kansas City Performance Diesel. “I think I saw your truck over in the Raytown area. So I private messaged him, ‘Man, can you give me a pinpoint? Where did you see it? I’ll go now. I’ll clear my day. And go drive […]

  • Jackson County Courthouse won’t reopen until February 19 due to water main breaks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Courthouse is going to be closed for a bit longer. Jackson County officials announced Thursday the downtown courthouse, located at 415 E. 12th St., won’t reopen until Feb. 19 due to damage from two water main breaks. Crumbled ceilings on courtroom floors and 10 feet of water in the Jackson County Courthouse basement, are just two components of the damage the downtown building suffered following the two major water line breaks. “As a result […]

  • Neighbor recounts scary moment when Center school bus flipped with students on board

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The icy roads proved treacherous Wednesday afternoon for a metro school bus. A Center School District bus was driving through an apartment complex near 82nd and Troost when it came around a corner and skidded down an icy hill. “This hill is not too good when it comes to this kind of weather condition,” neighbor Elese King said. The bus dinged into a blue sedan, then ramped a curb and flipped onto its side. “I just […]

  • Surveillance video shows metro school bus roll over with students on board

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Surveillance video shared with FOX4 shows a school bus carrying Center School District students sliding around a corner and rolling over. The rollover crash happened around noon near President Court and Virginia Avenue, which is not far from 83rd and Troost. The bus was carrying three students at the time of the crash. All three students and the driver were taken to the hospital for a precautionary check. No serious injuries are suspected. Editor’s note: An earlier […]

  • Lawsuit against Lee’s Summit School District claims superintendent didn’t promote woman because of race

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Lee’s Summit School District accuses the superintendent and district of unethical behavior. The executive director of technology for the school district, Dr. Amy Gates, filed the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Gates was on the panel interviewing three women for an open position within the school district. She claims the superintendent, Dr. Dennis Carpenter, violated several school policies during the hiring process. The lawsuit contends there were three women applying for executive […]

  • Lawrence mom charged after going into bar, leaving 2 toddlers in car on freezing night

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Lawrence mother is in jail, accused of leaving her two small children inside a car for hours, while she was at a bar. The kids were found during the single digit temperatures early Wednesday morning. Playerz Sports Bar in Lawrence is back open for business after a strange series of events late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. A worker told FOX4 that a 26-year-old woman, later identified as Tiara Dillon, came into the bar about […]

  • Local murder victim & organ donor honored at Rose Bowl parade

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — A local woman murdered in Lawrence in 2017 who then saved dozens of lives through her organ donation was honored on New Year’s Day during the Rose Bowl parade. Leah Brown was 22 in October 2017 when she was caught in the crossfire and killed in a downtown Lawrence shooting. Brown was an organ donor, and it’s a gift that earned her national recognition. See photos of the float she was included on below. Her family just marked their […]

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