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
  • ‘Our cards stopped working’: Northland bank buyout causes hiccups for customers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bank buyout is causing some serious headaches for thousands in the Northland. A greeting on Bank Liberty’s former website welcomes customers to Central Bank of the Midwest, which recently acquired Bank Liberty. Some customers said it’s been a bumpy switch-over. “We found out about it in October. We didn’t have any worries about it or concerns,” customer Catie Mynatt said. But that started to change this month. Mynatt and her husband were expecting to get […]

  • Overland Park planning commission unanimously approves controversial arboretum expansion

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Overland Park city planning commission unanimously approved a controversial plan to significantly expand the city’s arboretum. The commission welcomed a packed house to Monday’s meeting. Those supporting the arboretum’s expansion plans see the proposal as critical to growing what’s considered a jewel of Johnson County. “Think about the future to think about all the people that come to the arboretum and what they take away about the city of Overland Park because of it,” one […]

  • Platte County schools respond to third potential racist incident in matter of months

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Platte County R-3 Schools are investigating a potentially racist incident. A staff member at Platte County High School found a noose made of shoestring, hanging in a bathroom on Thursday. “Shock. Disappointment,” said parent Syquis Phillips. That’s how many Platte County parents are feeling after getting an email from the school district describing the discovery of a noose in a boys bathroom. “It’s kind of like getting old. Something should kind of be resolved by now,” […]

  • 8-year-old Belton girl severely injured in crash making remarkable recovery

    Lola Newell was severely injured when a truck bashed right through her family's house in Belton.

  • Possible clues unearthed in search for KCK woman missing since 1999

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The search continues for clues in a 20 year old cold case in Kansas City, Kansas. Police are still combing through a lot near South 49th Street and Barber Avenue, where a home 39-year-old Star Boomer lived in, once sat. She vanished in February 1999, and a new tip led investigators to start digging there. “The big thing for us right now is to find Star and be able to get her home,” Tiffany Burgtorf said, […]

  • After man charged in 2-month-old’s death, mother shares grief, searches for answers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are still many unanswered questions for the mother of a 2-month-old baby boy who died in August. Tests just revealed the child had been severely abused, and the mother’s ex-boyfriend is now charged in the baby’s death. “He was a beautiful baby. He had so much personality,” J’Cara Ellis said. Ellis said she was nervous to become a single mom, but baby Ja’Marion was the light of her life. “When he was here, it was […]

  • Olathe neighbors rallying to support family who lost home in Thanksgiving fire

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe neighborhood is coming together to support a family who lost their home this holiday weekend. Caution tape still surrounds the John family home in Olathe after flames erupted on Thanksgiving morning. The family’s home at the intersection of Montclaire Drive and Alta Lane is considered a total loss. “Oh my gosh, woke up and just looked over here and saw a brutal fire that was flaming from the roof, flaming from everywhere,” neighbor Harry Mullins […]

  • Missouri AG makes changes after finding most elder abuse hotline calls went unanswered

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s attorney general is answering the call to help senior citizens after a troubling report about the state’s elder abuse hotline. The study found, in the first part of this year, only 39% of elder abuse hotline calls were being answered. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a series of recommendations to fix the hotline. Ida Strickland is 75. She considers Kansas City’s Don Bosco Center a second home, where everyone feels like family. “They take […]

  • Raymore residents frustrated about spiking water bills as city changes old meters

    RAYMORE, Mo. — The city of Raymore is about to complete an ambitious project to replace all home and business water meters citywide. But as the new meters have gone in, many residents say their bills are skyrocketing. Amy Sellmeyer is baffled by her latest water bill from the city of Raymore. “It shows we even used more than last year in July,” Sellmeyer said. For years, her family of five has always had bills around $80 a month. But […]

  • To help environment, Lawrence considers banning plastic bags or charging fee

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lawrence could become the first city in Kansas to ban plastic bags or charge a fee for using them. Similar policies are already in place in more than 350 cities around the country, but plastic bags are a staple in most of our shopping lives. “It’s millions of bags that are used by those in Lawrence on a yearly basis,” said Jasmin Moore, Lawrence’s sustainability director. But the convenient sacks often end up in less than desirable […]

  • Illegal gambling machines seized from gas stations in Leavenworth County

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Four metro businesses are in hot water, accused of running illegal gambling operations. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission raided the convenience stores and seized eight gambling devices. Three stores in Leavenworth — including Home Town on Broadway, Conoco on 4th Street and Fast Stop on Metropolitan Street, along with Finish Line in Lansing — were all found to have gambling machines. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission fields dozens of tips a year about potential illegal […]

  • KCPS admits past employees lied to state about student attendance for multiple years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new report shows Kansas City Public Schools didn’t tell the whole truth to the state when it comes to student attendance. The district learned of concerns about bad data in January and now has the report from an outside investigator’s findings. Having kids show up to school is a core mission of Kansas City Public Schools, but the district’s struggled with boosting attendance numbers for decades. “It’s going to take time to get systems solid […]

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