What did you want to be when you grew up?
Originally, I wanted to be a high school science teacher.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I have a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, as well as a BA in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2008, I became the first meteorologist in Knoxville to earn the coveted Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal from the American Meterological Society (AMS). The CBM is the highest level of certification from the AMS and is granted to broadcast meteorologists who meet established criteria for scientific competence and effective communication skills in their weather presentations. The CBM is an upgrade to the AMS Seal of Approval, which I also held prior to my CBM designation. I have also been awarded the NWA Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association (NWA). I'm a member of both professional organizations. On top of all that, I am heading back to Mississippi State University for my Masters Degree in Geoscience.
Where else have you worked in broadcast journalism?
My first job was at KJCT, the ABC affiliate in Grand Junction, Colorado. I have also worked at KOAA, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
What has been your favorite story you have ever covered and why?
My favorite story was when my first station sent me to New York City only five months after 9-11 to shoot a six part series on Ground Zero. I was able to get a very personal, up-close look at this important part of American history.
Have you had any humorous moments on the job?
My funniest moment was once, when I was ready to walk to the weather wall on the news set, all of a sudden I realized I didn't have my clicker to change my maps. It was on the other side of the room. I had to walk in front of the camera, say, "I'll be right back...," go and grab the clicker, and then walk back across the set, all while we were on the air. By this time, I only had one minute left to get through my whole forecast. Definitely nerve-racking!
What hobbies do you enjoy? I am an avid skier, but also enjoy mountain biking, hiking, frisbee golf and photography.
What are your favorite things about living in East Tennessee?
The people, the mountains, and of course, the weather!
What does "Straight from the Heart" mean to you?
It means a personal touch, and a sense of compassion, trust, and friendliness from us, to our viewers