Be ‘Weather Aware’ Friday & Saturday

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
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s pretty chilly outside and it’s expected to get bitterly single-digit cold this weekend. So imagine enduring that kind of weather with no heat. That’s been one homeowner’s dilemma for more than a week. Matt Rozzel’s home has been in his family for three generations. It’s more than 100 years old. But in the middle of a massive remodel, he and his fiancee have been freezing without a running furnace.  And thanks to the FOX4 Problem Solvers, things should be […]

  • Kansas City officials preparing for next round of snow, ice and winter weather

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another blast of winter is moving toward the metro. Right now, the preparations are in full swing as rain, snow and severe wind chills take aim on our weekend. “The conditions are going to be tough for us as well as the public,” Kansas City Public Works Assistant Director Greg Bolon said. As clean-up continues from a storm that ripped down hundreds of trees and branches and knocked out power to thousands, another winter wallop is […]

  • Tree debris clean-up in full swing with new curbside plans in KCMO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s hard to drive through just about any neighborhood in Kansas City and not see piles of tree limbs and branches. And cleaning it all up, might have to wait until the next storm passes. Chainsaws are music to the ears for storm victims across the metro as winter weather clean-up continues.. “This week has been very hectic,” Nick Giordano with Grade-A Tree Care said. Homeowners are bagging up twigs, and leaving huge piles of limbs […]

  • Staying warm proves a challenge as power outages linger, more winter weather expected

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  • Federal government shutdown leaving many metro families hungry for help

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — People who work for the federal government and those who rely on its programs are now feeling the sting of the ongoing government shutdown. The shutdown is now in its 24th day — with no end in sight. Federal workers just missed their first paycheck since the shutdown started on Friday. That, coupled with a change in how food stamp money is given, could have many more families hungry for help. The shelves are full at […]

  • New online pricing tools for hospitals could prove more confusing than helpful

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new law requires hospitals across the country to post their prices online.  While it sounds like a great tool to help budget for tests and surgeries you may need, some worry it could be misleading and confusing. It’s no secret that a trip to the hospital isn’t cheap. “Cost is high for everybody,” said benefits consultant, Henry Nicsinger. But now, it could be a little easier to know how much it’ll cost before you get […]

  • New KCI airport project slowly trudging forward despite delays

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are more delays in an already long process to get a new single-terminal KCI airport. Getting Kansas City’s new airport off the ground might seem like failure to launch. But on Thursday, city council members on the airport committee hashed out terms for the next agreements needed to move things forward. Although it doesn’t appear much work is happening at the site of the new KCI, a lot is happening to get the new terminal […]

  • Working for Blue: Help protect local police by raising money for ballistic vests

    Click here to donate now KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX4 has launched a community initiative called “Working For Blue.” This effort will work to raise money to provide free ballistic vests for any law enforcement agencies across local communities that have a need. FOX4 is partnering with SHIELD616, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides top-rated vests and ballistic helmet kits. This means your gifts are tax-deductible. FOX4 has already identified a need of more than 500 vests around the region. […]

  • Record-setting 200 eateries participating in KC’s 10th annual Restaurant Week

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  • Withholding hiccup could have you owing money instead of getting refund at tax time

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You might be ready for a big refund when you file your taxes this year. That’s because it’s the first full year with the new Trump tax plan in effect. But for many people, that might not be the case. There were a fair amount of post-holiday shopping at the Country Club Plaza on Thursday. But many shoppers were oblivious that their wallet could take an extra hit come tax time. “I had no idea,” shopper […]

  • Federal government shutdown stalls some home loans

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  • Error messages, crashes plague Jackson County property tax payment site ahead of deadline

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of Jackson County residents could be on the hook for late fees on their personal property taxes. That’s because Monday, on the deadline to pay, the county’s online payment system kept crashing. “No one wants to pay extra money. It’s Christmas time. It’s bad enough you’ve got to pay your taxes on the 31st of December, a week after Christmas. No one wants to pay an addition to what you’re already having to pay,” taxpayer Rob […]