I love storytelling. Everyone has a story to tell, and it my job to make that story come to life on the screen in everyone’s living rooms.
I have been a multi-media journalist for 6+ years. I love covering local news because I believe it impacts people’s daily lives. Whether it is a story about crime, traveling with World War II Veterans on an Honor Flight or covering a Friday night high school football game, I love localizing stories. National newscasts like CNN and CNBC have picked up several of my stories because I believe in personalizing stories in ways that make viewers really feel the story. Everyone has a tale to tell. It is astonishing how many amazing stories there are out there about amazing people, that people don’t know about. Your neighbor could be a tap dancing preacher, or your friend’s brother is a former gang member who has turned his life around (and can show you the secret life of living in a gang). I wish I could tell every story.
But I am not all soft stories, I drive for answers when I am doing an investigative, political, or hard crime story. It is my responsibility to find the truth of a story, and bring it to the viewers. I don’t take no for an answer. I get answers to the questions that viewers want to know, and I don’t give up trying until I get those answers. As the famous quote goes,”The truth shall set you free”.
I love shooting and editing so much, that I do it in my free time. Producing videos, films and story lines that are based on events in my life and others. I have even worked privately as a freelance reporter and shooter. Running a production company is fun, but news is my true passion.
I use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to share news with others too. It is fair to say I am always “connected.” I also have a LinkedIn account. I think social media helps me connect with viewers and can enhance the way we tell stories and communicate with others. I believe in the media, the more we engage people, the better journalists we become and the more connected we can be.
One of my greatest strengths is my creativity. I have the ability to make something out of nothing and tell a story in the process. I am an extremely hard worker, who will not accept average. I thrive in a work environment that constantly challenges me to improve and become a better reporter and person.
I haven’t won the Murrow yet, but I am not going to stop trying until I do.