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
  • Olathe neighbors raise concerns about potential Casey’s store near neighborhood

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe neighborhood is raising concerns about plans for a new convenience store. Casey’s General Store is eyeing a new store near 135th and Brougham on the site of a former Aldi. The intersection is already pretty busy, seeing an estimated 250 cars an hour all day. But some estimates predict that number could skyrocket if Casey’s builds a convenience store there. Briarwood is a beautiful, established neighborhood in Olathe. The quietness tucked in the busy suburb […]

  • KCK nonprofit can take your old computers and help others in need

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — If you’re thinking of buying a new laptop or tablet for Christmas, don’t throw out your old one. You can donate it to Connecting for Good. The KCK nonprofit offers digital literacy classes for people in the community. They also take old computers and tablets and refurbish them, making them available for purchase as low as $50. The organization said making technology more accessible is crucial for many students to do homework and for adults to apply […]

  • Kansas City police targeting abandoned vehicles left on city streets

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Abandoned vehicles littering roads are an eyesore and safety concern in neighborhoods across Kansas City, and now police are doing something about it through a targeted enforcement effort. Flat tires and dented fenders are just some of the flaws on abandoned cars filling up streets in the Historic Northeast. “We thought we’d try to get a head start and clean up the area, make a difference,” said Ted Smith, Kansas City Police Department parking enforcement supervisor. […]

  • Blue Springs day care worker fired following allegations of child abuse

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A Blue springs day care worker has been fired after allegedly abusing a child. But another woman who worked in the facility says action wasn’t taken soon enough. And it turns out, there’s a history of concerns at the center. Kristina Mayfield’s worked in child care nearly four years. She was excited to start with KinderCare on N.W. Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs last month. “I was like, this is where I want to work […]

  • Family devastated after mistrial declared in fall 2017 Lawrence triple murder case

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — A judge  declared a mistrial in a high profile triple murder case. The shootings happened in October 2017, killing three and injuring several more in the busy Mass Street business district of Lawrence. The last minute legal hiccup is devastating to one victim’s family. Gretchen Brown holds tightly to a pendant and locket with her daughter Leah’s name, photo and fingerprint. “I love it. I wear it everyday. Open it often and keep it very close,” said […]

  • Road crews prepare for busy night as first significant snowfall of the season hits

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Road crews are gearing up for a busy night with the first significant snow of the season. Salt is being spread on roads and bridges on both sides of the state line. The engines are fired up, and Overland Park Public Works, like many city crews, is hitting the streets. “Got my strobes on for the front and the rear,” said Will Kline, an Overland Park Public Works truck driver. Getting the salt trucks and snow […]

  • Metro families grateful for Missouri’s passage of medical marijuana amendment

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Missouri voters overwhelmingly said “yes” to one of three medical marijuana proposals on Election Day. Amendment 2 will soon allow patients and caregivers to buy it from dispensaries and even grow plans in their home. The measure technically becomes law Dec. 7. But getting everything ready for doctors to write medical marijuana prescriptions and dispensaries licensed to distribute will take some time. Many families facing major medical challenges are ready and eager for what they hope is […]

  • In final hours before midterms, election exhaustion not deterring metro voters

    OLATHE, Kan. — The campaign season can be downright exhausting. Many of us are ready for it to be over. But this midterm election has drawn unprecedented amounts of advertising money spent and record turnout in early voting. And even though many feel worn out from all the ads and hype, voters FOX4 talked to all stressed the importance of taking part in this election. Police and traffic control were in place Monday along a deep line of cars outside […]

  • Vice President Mike Pence rallies Missouri & Kansas Republicans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The final push to election day is heating up.  Friday, Missouri and Kansas Republican hopefuls got some star power from Vice President Mike Pence in a major rally at the new Hy-Vee Arena in Kansas City. A raucous crowd of more than 500 came to cheer on the Republican ticket, and rally to get out and vote. Missouri and Kansas leaders recognize a lot is at stake in Tuesday’s election. “The party that gets out the […]

  • Metro mom shocked by sex abuse allegations against Shawnee Christian school founder

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — There are new criminal charges for the former head of a Christian school in Shawnee. Dennis Creason now faces nine counts of indecent liberties with a child. The allegations stem from incidents at Oaklawn Christian School spanning from May 2009 through August 2018. As his case works its way through court, FOX4 has uncovered new records on the history of concerns at the school. Creason remains locked up, accused of sexually abusing students attending his Shawnee school […]

  • Halloween proves to be popular wedding day for metro couples

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You might think of Valentine’s or Christmas as the most romantic holidays of the year. But it turns out, Halloween is pretty popular for weddings. There’s a Northland chapel making the plunge a little less spooky with walk-in weddings on All Hallow’s Eve. The scene is set with eerie sounds but not for a haunted house. The frights here come by tying the knot. “Not only is it romantic getting married but you get to dress up […]

  • KCK woman frustrated after stolen car sat without wheels, covered with tickets for weeks

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Getting your car stolen is no fun, but imagine learning it could’ve been recovered just days after it was taken. That’s what a KCK woman says happened to her, and she’s furious the city didn’t do more. Abby is still angry her car got stolen while dropping off her daughter at a KCK mobile home park near 65th Street and Kansas Avenue. She filed a police report the day it happened, Sept. 13. “I kept calling […]