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
  • ‘I’m a bad person,’ triple murder suspect tells investigators as victims’ friends, family grieve

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people are now charged with three counts of murder after a shooting Thursday night in Kansas City. Friends and family said the murders feel so random and senseless. All three victims had been friends for years. KCPD officers patrolling around 9 p.m. near 46th Street and S. Benton Avenue when they heard the gunshots. As they rolled up to the scene, they said a woman, now identified as 35-year-old Lynnsey Jones, was holding a rifle […]

  • ‘I just want them home’: Family heirloom sculptures stolen from Olathe house

    OLATHE, Kan. — Two precious family heirlooms have been stolen from an Olathe property. It’s salt in the wounds for the homeowner, who has been through a lot the past couple years. A house in Olathe’s Cedar Creek neighborhood was hit by lightning in June 2018, ravaging the house and nearly everything in it. “It was determined the best way to move forward was to actually bulldoze the house down and start over,” homeowner Erica Hoover said. The fire came […]

  • 79-year-old Olathe woman honored for making 300 blood and platelet donations

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe woman is being honored for giving the gift of life. The 79-year-old has made 300 donations in her lifetime. Gwen Hutton said she started donating blood in her 20s and now typically gives every two weeks. On Wednesday, she was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Community Blood Center for making her 200th platelet donation. That’s on top of 100 whole blood donations she’s already made. Hutton said the constant headlines of cancer and […]

  • Players, coaches optimistic about potential deal with new owner to keep T-Bones in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The gates are locked at T-Bones Stadium, but the Unified Government and a successful businessman hope they’ve got the keys to keeping baseball alive in KCK. “Hopefully whatever deal they have in the works is going to work out well, and we’ll get a chance to continue working and doing what we do over there,” said Bill Sobbe, T-Bones third-base and pitching coach. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK is looking to strike a deal with […]

  • Leavenworth low-income apartment residents desperate for answers after utilities shut off

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Dozens of low-income, disabled and elderly people living in a Leavenworth apartment complex are in the dark. Residents of Woodland Village Apartments have been sitting outside the leasing office, desperate for answers. Their utilities were shut off after they said apartment management didn’t turn over federal assistance checks. “I came up here to get my check, and they’re like ‘Oh, we’re not giving them, not giving them.’ So now we’re just at a standstill,” resident Michaela Nordland […]

  • Attorney says 2018 KCPD warehouse fire ruined half of stored evidence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than a year after a devastating fire at a Kansas City Police Department evidence warehouse, we’re starting to learn just how widespread the damage might be. A KCPD warehouse storing evidence of crimes went up in flames August 23, 2018. Anything stored at the warehouse for any crime that happened before that is potentially affected. “It’s something I’ve never experienced in my many years of practicing both as a prosecutor and defense attorney,” Dan Ross […]

  • Ivanka Trump looks for solutions to childcare challenges during stop in KC on national tour

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Improving access to affordable and high-quality childcare is the mission of the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump. On Thursday, she hosted a round table talk on the issue at Metropolitan Community College. Ivanka Trump offered smiles, high fives and hugs to students while touring the Guadalupe Center’s childcare facility at MCC. “Childcare is fundamental to enabling us to continue being able to drive up workforce participation rates, bring people off the sidelines and increase opportunities […]

  • Blue Springs plant to close and move jobs to Mexico, laying off more than 150 employees

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — More than 150 people will soon be out of a job in Blue Springs. Haldex, a company that makes brake parts, is closing its doors and shipping the jobs to Mexico. “Nobody wants to see anybody lose their job. The mere transition, stress and strain on families, not necessarily knowing even if you’ve got things lined up, you still want to provide for your family in and of itself is still a traumatic experience,” said Clyde […]

  • Tips to prepare inside and outside for fall’s first cold blast coming this weekend

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The first cold blast of the season is expected to head our way this weekend. As we look to get near the freezing mark, there’s plenty you can do to prepare both inside and outside your home. The mums are bright and beautiful at Family Tree Nursery in Liberty. But the business is carefully watching the weather to determine if it’ll need to bring out frost covers to keep all the plants protected. “If it comes to […]

  • More than 100 turn out for military funeral for local Vietnam veteran without family

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A Kansas City veteran was laid to rest Friday with full military honors. But his final farewell was a far cry from what the few he knew and loved him expected. The VFW Riders are used to showing support at military funerals. But on Friday, the call to serve was different. “We were told he had no family, just a caregiver. That’s all it took,” said George Westbrook, president of VFW Riders Post 56 Leavenworth. The group […]

  • Gardner Edgerton schools piloting program to teach students Mental Health First Aid

    Starting next month, all 400-plus district sophomores will take the class, taught by Johnson County Mental Health.

  • New proposed measure aims to curb Kansas City’s illegal dumping dilemma

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new proposal is taking aim at Kansas City’s illegal dumping problem. The city has said cleaning up the mess easily costs $2 million a year. Abandoned lots are often littered with trash in the Historic Northeast. Neighbors say once one pile of trash shows up, people just add to it. “It’s everything you could imagine. Big things, little things, wrappers, tools, a lot of some construction waste like boards and concrete,” said John Bordeau, who […]

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