Oakland born, Berkeley raised, I’m proud to be working at KTVU, the station I watched growing up.
Berkeley and the Bay Area are in my blood. I vividly remember visiting the original Peet’s near Walnut Square, trips to the Cheeseboard, and on special occasions ice cream at McCallum’s (never got a chance to finish a “Nightmare” before it closed).
I also remember watching Dennis Richmond and Elaine Corral on the 10 O’Clock News.
They calmly guided the Bay Area through crises like earthquakes and mass shootings, and celebrated World Series wins and Humphrey the Humpback Whale’s two trips into the Bay.
Watching those moments unfold, and seeing how the news crews got to be witnesses to history in the making was my inspiration to become a journalist myself.
After graduating from Maybeck High School in Berkeley I went to UC Berkeley where I got my BA in Mass Communications; then a trip over to Chicago to get a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.
After all of my academic adventures I was ready to get my career underway.
My first job took me to WPTZ in Plattsburgh, NY. Anyone who says the coldest winter they ever spent was a summer in San Francisco clearly never spent a winter in upstate New York.
Among my adventures there, probably my most memorable was a ride-a-long with the US Bobsledding team practicing for the winter Olympics (the fastest 57 seconds of my life).
After a year I was ready to move on to WNWO in Toledo OH. There I reported, anchored, and even launched my own movie review show.
Then to Phoenix AZ, and KPHO where I covered serial killers, the crash of a space shuttle, and traveled to Mexico to track down a priest accused of abusing children in Arizona.
Finally my travels brought me back to the Bay Area. I worked at NBC Bay Area before coming to KTVU.
Since I’ve been here I’ve been able to work a variety of shifts; Mornings on 2, the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. News, and the 10 O’Clock News.
Now it’s my turn to cover history in the making. I’ve covered World Series wins, the first same sex marriages, and the improbable rescue of Jaycee Dugard.
It’s been an honor to join with some of the best journalists in the country.
From the inside, I can tell you what makes Fox 2 news the Bay Area news leader. It’s the incomparable staff.
Everyone, from the assignment desk, the writers, producers, editors, photographers, anchors and managers, are all committed to getting the story right and getting it on quickly.
I still pinch myself sometimes, when I’m courtside at a Warriors game, in the dugout at a Giants game, or watching the Bay to Breakers get underway. I still feel lucky that, now, it’s my turn to watch history unfold, and bring those stories to the Bay Area.
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