Posted Aug 10 2015 09:41AM PDT
Updated Aug 14 2015 10:12AM PDT
Even when I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a reporter.
So after graduating from Bowdoin College, I hopped in my car with a trunk full of "resume tapes," and started driving. I stopped in every town along the way, knocking on doors.
Finally, when I got to Idaho, I got my big break. The news director at KIDK asked me why I should be hired. I said, "Because I'm here and can start right away!" I was hired on the spot.
The skills I learned then, perseverance with a dash of creative thinking, have helped my countless times since.
I later worked as a reporter at KVVU in Las Vegas, and KSDK in St. Louis where I received three Emmy Awards, an AP Award and a Missouri Broadcaster's Association Award.
I've had some great experiences and met some interesting people during my time as a reporter. I've had one-on-one interviews with major political figures like Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney.
I've traveled to cover the Super Bowl and World Series. And then there was the one story I'll never forget: the discovery of Shawn Hornbeck, found alive four years after he was kidnapped.
I'm originally from Chicago, but moved to the Bay Area in 2012. I live on the Peninsula with my husband and son.