June 2007 to present: reporter, WRAL-TV; October 2004 to May 2007: reporter/anchor, WDTV, Clarksburg, W.Va.
Awards & Recognition:
Reporter of the Year, May 2006, West Virginia Associated Press; Best Continuing Coverage, May 2006, W.Va. Associated Press; Best Enterprise Reporting, May 2006, W.Va. Associated Press; Best Continuing Coverage, May 2005, W.Va. Associated Press; University Scholar (Graduated top of class), May 2003, Syracuse University; Remembrance Scholar, May 2003, Syracuse University; Rhodes Scholar Nominee, May 2003, Syracuse University; Best Use of Radio, Radio News Division, May 2002; William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Phi Beta Kappa, May, 2002, Syracuse University
The most important element of any story is the person. Listening and understanding are how reporters make stories come to life. I live to come to work each day to tell the stories that matter the most to the most people.
Msc. European Politics & Governance, 2004, London School of Economics & Political Science, London, England; BA Political Science, BS Broadcast Journalism, 2003, Syracuse University, SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse, N.Y.
Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
I love to travel. While studying in Europe, I visited more than a dozen countries. Back at home, I enjoy quality time with family and friends. I’m also a huge sports fan. Any sport: I’m there.
Family & Pets:
I've lived in Wake Forest for most of my time here in the Triangle and really enjoy it. At home, I have Basset Hounds. My girls keep me busy! My mom and dad live in Moorestown, N.J.
Favorite Books & Movies:
"Ten Little Indians" by Agatha Christie, or any good mystery. Movies: "Star Wars," "Ocean's Eleven," and "Walk the Line."
Likes Best About North Carolina:
Everyone is so warm and welcoming here. It's that charm that really makes this area a slice of heaven. And the weather doesn’t hurt either.
Most Memorable Assignment:
I wish I could say my most memorable assignment had a happy ending. On Jan. 2, 2006, there was an explosion at the Sago mine in Upshur County, W.Va. Thirteen miners reportedly were trapped underground and a massive rescue operation began. Several hours later, the international media blitz hit this tiny one-road community. Family members stood side-by-side with reporters, everyone waiting for any news on the rescue operation. It amazed me to see how well all the families handled this incredibly difficult situation. It lasted for two days. Finally, the news came that 12 of the 13 miners had survived. Church bells rang; the families started singing and praising God, waiting for the reunion with their loved ones. Three hours later came the shocking news that the original reports from the rescue operation were erroneous. Only one miner had survived. The community was devastated.
There's a lot that can be learned from the Sago mine tragedy. But, what I will always remember is how strong and composed the families remained, even while the eyes of the world focused on them.