I arrived here in the Bay Area at KTVU-TV in 2007, and it's one of the best things I've ever done. That being said, I have been extremely fortunate as my Broadcasting career has spanned more than 40 years!
Starting as a young Radio News Reporter in my hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I worked at most of the major radio stations in that market, the nation's 4th largest.
My desire to learn and grow as a newsman took me to Reporting and Anchoring jobs in several other markets around the country: New York; Washington, DC; Florida; Pittsburgh, PA; Los Angeles, and now, KTVU here in the Bay Area.
My reports have been seen, heard, and broadcast on CNN, NBC News, CBS Radio, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, United Press International, and The Armed Forces Radio Network.
I love my profession now... just as much as did when this journey for me began so many years. It all,literally, began for me as a little boy, in Elementary school in Philadelphia.
I ALWAYS knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: a Newsman. There was no doubt or confusion. While in Elementary school, I even built my own "makeshift Radio station" in my parent's basement, complete with my "microphone" ( my Mother's clothes pin), an old turntable to play music, and magazines to read from for my commercials! And a tape recorder, to record everything I did.
My fascination with history, languages, travel, and, especially current events, fueled my love for the news business... and still does.
I love being on the air "live" everyday on "Mornings on Two", with it's ever changing variety of news to tell you about as your day begins; the juggling of 5 or 6 things at one time while you're "live" in front of a camera, and doing your best to make it all easy to understand.
My career is shaped by several wide-ranging memorable experiences including:
Going on a " walking Tour" with Prince Charles in Pittsburgh as he studied Urban Architecture. And then, many years later, being on the air in Los Angeles when we learned that Princess Diana had died in a crash. We were right there, live on the air, to break the news.
I've covered Presidents of the United States; I Emceed Janet Jackson's first public appearance after the famous "Wardrobe Malfunction" at the Super Bowl; I covered O.J. Simpson's Trial , the so-called "Trial of the Century", from start to finish, and I've been on the Red Carpet at The Academy Awards interviewing Hollywood's biggest celebrities.
Those experiences, and so many more, are why I love what I do.
Off-camera, I love Sports, mainly Football and Basketball... and I dream of becoming a Golfer! I always love to travel, and my "secret wish" is to become KTVU's Restaurant Critic. I have a passion for Fine Dining.
My family means everything to me, and their love empowers me to do the public work that I do. That includes lots of Charity work, as much as I can, giving back to the Bay Area community and enjoying every minute of it.
It's equally important to me to be a positive Role Model on TV, and a Mentor for young, up and coming Broadcasters, to be accessible to them and teach them, along with my colleagues , about the "real and practical world of Broadcasting", while also stressing the need to be good people, too.
That has added importance to me when it comes to people of color, so that the bar is raised as far as Achievement and Conduct is concerned.
"Mornings on Two" is my home, and our show has much more to accomplish for the people of the Bay Area, and it's an honor to be a part of making that happen.