Posted Aug 13 2015 08:26AM PDT
Updated Mar 02 2017 04:25PM PST
I always had a mic in my hand, even as a kid!
Back then, it was a hair brush or whatever I could find, but I wanted my voice to be heard. I had my sights set on a career in front of the camera, telling my mom, "I want to be a singer, an actress, and a model."
It wasn’t until college when I channeled my passion for writing short stories as a kid, into a possible career. I didn’t go to school for journalism at first, but it was the best educational move I made.
In a matter of two weeks, I went from college graduate to TV reporter, all while in Salisbury, Maryland.
While there, I was proud to have been the recipient of five Associated Press awards for Enterprise reporting, spot news and In-depth coverage.
My next stop on this wild journalist journey was Jacksonville, Florida where I worked as a reporter for Action News Jax.
While it was one of the most challenging times in my career, the experience enriched my life.
I covered everything from tornadoes to high profile murder trials. I had the privilege of sharing a Jacksonville family’s journey to finally getting closure and justice for their beloved son, Jordan Davis.
The murder trial made national news, because of its similarities to the Trayvon Martin case. I was a part of an excellent crew of journalists who won an Emmy for the coverage of Jordan Davis’ murder trial.
During that time in Florida, I met my husband who has become one of the most supportive people in my life. He was willing to let me follow my dreams, which meant moving to several cities we knew nothing about, before we finally decided to land in the Bay Area.
We have a little boy together and decided the Bay Area would be a wonderful place to raise him, which was one of our best decisions yet.
When I’m not working, I’m with my family exploring the outdoors, embarking on an adventure, trying new food or getting to know my community.
I am proud to be a part of an amazing group of extremely driven, talented women called “25 Women” whose mission is to continue empowering other women in Oakland, to succeed and make a difference in their community. I’m all about girl power!
Most of the time, you’ll find me anchoring on the weekends or hitting the streets, uncovering and reporting on stories that matter most to you. Story ideas are always welcome..and I’m pretty easy to get ahold of. Just find me on Facebook and Twitter, and send me your idea! When I’m not working, I’m with my family exploring the outdoors, embarking on an adventure and trying new food!