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
  • Clay County suspect shot with bean bag bullet after jumping from hotel window

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A 43-year-old man is recovering in the hospital after being shot by police and jumping off of a hotel roof. It happened Sunday at the Woodspring Suites near Interstate 35 and North Church Road in Liberty. Some are now praising the officers who responded for their choice to use less-than-lethal force. Liberty police and Clay County deputies were confronted with a wanted felon on the roof of a hotel Sunday afternoon. The suspect had jumped out a window, […]

  • Belton residents aiming to engage community, improve safety after recent shootings

    BELTON, Mo. — Three shootings within a matter of days this month are now spurring residents of Belton to take action. A grassroots effort is looking at all kinds of ways to improve safety. A bullet hole in the side of a house and broken window can be seen at one of the three spots in Belton recently hit by gunfire. And those incidents are part of what have many residents taking aim at improving the safety of the community. “So […]

  • Several metro schools make security upgrades before classes start to keep kids safe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a growing focus on school security in wake of mass shootings around the country. Because of that, at least three districts in the metro are making big changes before students return to class. The race is on to finish up school safety projects before the first bells ring this week. You’ll notice the changes right when you walk up to school buildings. “Knock on wood, nothing has ever happened here. We hope it stays that […]

  • Kansas implements new rules to keep high school athletes safe in summer heat

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Monday is the first day Kansas high school athletes can officially start practicing, and there are new rules in place to keep them safe in this summer heat. With a sport like football or soccer, you think of those big hits and headers as to how kids get hurt on the field. But this time of year, the top culprit for injuries is actually the heat. The Blue Valley North Mustangs are ready to defend their 6A […]

  • Vandals target 8-year-old’s Gladstone lemonade stand, but he refuses to shut it down

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — A Gladstone little boy has been selling lemonade all summer, and raising money for charity. FOX4 first told you about Jacob’s stand back in June after a customer threatened to have it shut down. Area police and firefighters came out in droves to show their support, even giving Jacob their official seals of approval. However, a new set of bullies tried to destroy what the 8-year-old has worked so hard for. Jacob is still proud of his […]

  • Family desperately searching for missing teen with autism, blames care facility for lack of supervision

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family is desperately searching for a  15-year-old boy with autism who’s been missing since Friday. Zachary Deutsch walked away from Ozanam, a residential youth treatment facility in Martin City. But he’s not the only one to disappear from that facility. At least 11 kids have gone missing from Ozanam within the past week. Zachary is still missing. Parents are now demanding action to keep kids safe. Brenda Deutsch is a mom to 16 kids, many […]

  • Family of young Kansas City woman murdered feared for her life

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of a woman shot and killed during a recent string of gun violence in Kansas City is desperate for answers. Shanterria Edwards, 26, was found shot early Sunday morning in a car. Her family believes they know who pulled the trigger but need help to prove it. Sherry Patrick said there’s a hole in her heart after losing her granddaughter, Shanterria. “I’m lost. I’m so hurt. They took a part of my life from […]

  • Healing House looking for help after fire guts kitchen of Kansas City nonprofit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City nonprofit that helps addicts in recovery needs a little help. On Monday night, a building owned by the Healing House caught fire. A volunteer set a plastic tub filled with potato chips on the stove and accidentally knocked a knob, turning it on without realizing it. Two stoves and a furnace were destroyed by the flames. Healing House said the dining hall where the fire happened is used to feed 150 people lunch […]

  • KCP&L customers adjusting to changes in company’s budget billing policy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Kansas City Power & Light customers are sticker shocked by their bills. As of July 31, the utility company changed its policy on “budget billing,” leaving some customers scrambling to pay off huge power bills. Melissa Sharp is a single mom. For years, she’s relied on KCP&L’s budget billing. “Having the amount set every single month with little fluctuation is understandable. That way I know what’s coming out of my budget every month,” Sharp said. Budget billing […]

  • Wyandotte County sheriff, KCK police chief ask Kansas AG to halt ‘Conviction Integrity Unit’

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Wyandotte County’s district attorney is one step closer to creating a “Conviction Integrity Unit.” DA Mark Dupree said he’s already reviewed 200 cases and found at least 19 that warrant a closer look. But some top law enforcement leaders are trying to hold up the process. They want the Kansas attorney general to set clear guidelines before the DA intervenes in potentially freeing convicted criminals. Lamont McIntyre’s case sent shock waves through the Kansas City justice […]

  • Operation Cease Fire aims for violence-free weekend in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Community activists are on a mission to turn the tide on Kansas City’s violent crime problem. Already this year, there have been 66 murders in Kansas City.  The latest happened Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex near the border with Raytown. The rash of violence is why volunteers were out Thursday, talking to people about making communities safer. This coming weekend, activists are planning the third-annual “Operation Cease Fire KC.”  They’ve got a bold vision of […]

  • KCK Community College sending hospital beds to hospital in Kenya

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The KCK Community College is helping hospital patients halfway around the world. The college was fortunate to receive 13 brand new hospital beds, valued at $5,000 each, from Olathe Medical Center. The beds are a great learning tool for students in its health professions program. A professor at KCK Community College asked what was going to happen to the old hospital beds the school had. He was able to get clearance from the college to donate […]