I’ve spent nearly 20 years working my way through the ranks of TV news operations, from dragging cable through the U.S. Capitol to anchoring newscasts in Oregon.
While I am currently in the Denver area working as a freelance journalist and owner of Run Rabbit Films, my most recent full-time new position was as an evening anchor at the CBS affiliate KTVL in Medford, Ore. My time in the Rogue Valley was far too short because it’s a relatively unknown gem. As an anchor I was able to help coordinate the coverage of the many breaking news stories we had, and our excellent staff was on top of them every time. Our ratings increased substantially because of the incredible team we had in place and the hard work we all did to get us there.
In my previous TV news job I was the Morning and Noon Anchor at CBS affiliate KAUZ TV/DT. One of the big stories from my time in Texoma was the breaking news coverage of a USAF trainer jet crash, as an Air Force veteran that story hit close to home.
Before my time in Wichita Falls I worked at KJRH, the NBC affiliate in Tulsa, where I was a reporter and filled in on the anchor desk. While there I covered major flooding in Coffeyville, Kansas, it was one story that continues to remind me how quickly things can turn dangerous.
While I was a reporter at KLFY in Lafayette, Louisiana I met some very interesting people and was able to experience a culture unlike anything I’d known previously. As a news person, it hurt me that I left there just one day before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the area but I had already accepted my new position in Tulsa.
Other news operations I’ve worked at include WXII in Winston-Salem, KCEN in Waco, a production house in Sacramento, and The Washington Bureau in Washington, DC. I’ve labored in just about every position in the newsroom, from editor to producer to reporter and most recently as an anchor.
I also served in the United States Air Force, and deployed to the Persian Gulf Region twice in the 1990’s. While stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland I worked as a freelance field producer on Capitol Hill at The Washington Bureau and studied at the University of Maryland, University College.
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