From southern Illinois to eastern Iowa, I now call the Cedar Valley home.
Born and raised in Du Quoin, Illinois in the far southern part of Illinois, I went to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Radio, Television and Digital Media in May 2018.
I got my start in news in 2012 at WDQN-AM where I eventually served as news director with no more than an electric typewriter and a tape deck. That’s where I really learned to love the news.
From there, I anchored the evening news on WSIU-TV, the PBS affiliate operated by SIUC. There I was able to get enough experience beneath me to get hired while in college at southern Illinois’ ABC affiliate, WSIL-TV in Carterville. I was hired as a weekend reporter and got to cover the stories and the people I grew up around which helped shape who I am as a reporter today. Eventually I was promoted to weekend morning anchor. During all of this I also worked as a stringer writer for Du Quoin’s newspaper: the Du Quoin Weekly.
Now I’m happy to find my place in Iowa at KWWL-TV. Iowa has been so welcoming to me and has allowed me to immerse myself in the daily life. I look forward to meeting so many people here.
In my free time, I enjoy cooking challenging dishes for friends and family. I can also be found outside biking or walking to just enjoy what nature has to offer.