Before Chicago, I worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WTIC also known as FOX 61. I treasured my time behind the anchor desk. Three hours solo each weekend morning taught me to better ad-lib, practice managerial skills and make on-the-spot news coverage decisions. In Connecticut, I also had the amazing opportunity to follow a local American Idol contestant from his first days on the show all the way to his victorious finale in Los Angeles! See my Nick Fradiani coverage below. You'll find an anchor reel under the "More Work" tab.
Prior to Fox61, I worked as a videojournalist at WPTZ/WNNE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Burlington, Vt. The majority of my reports were solo-shot, written and edited on deadline -- often with a one or two-hour drive both ways because our coverage area included all of Vermont, parts of upstate New York and a sliver of New Hampshire. My assignments included environmental reporting as Vermont is on the forefront of green technology. I was also responsible for posting my work on multiple digital platforms each night including our station's website. The most important skill I gained while juggling all those duties in a three-state market was time management -- learning how to be efficient while gathering emotional interviews and ensuring my story was balanced and factually correct. The experience in Vermont was priceless.
I knew I wanted to be a reporter since I was in my single digits. My 3rd grade yearbook photo to the right is proof -- though my aunt recently found letters where I describe aspirations to become a newscaster in 2nd grade! That dream took me to the Medill
School of Journalism at Northwestern University. I graduated with cum laude honors a semester early and jumped
feet first into TV news. I love the challenge of chasing
after stories and trying tell them in the most effective way possible, all
while the clock is ticking.