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Those who know me will tell you that I ask a lot of questions. I wish I could blame it all on the job but being naturally inquisitive is a big part of who I am. Perhaps it’s because my favorite thing to do in life is learn. Learn about people, learn about places, learn about the world. I feel very fortunate to have found a career that allows me to be a life-long learner.

My love of writing and storytelling led me to my journalism start, when I landed roles of News Editor for my high school newspaper and Anchor of the “Morning Announcements.” I guess you can say I fell in love with reporting and keeping people informed, because I never looked back.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. But the learning didn’t stop there. I went on to obtain a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Pulitzer School of Journalism in New York City. At Columbia, I covered NYC immigration, the NFL concussion lawsuit, inmate education, and the Ebola crisis. I also earned an honors designation for my investigative reporting into a Fortune 500 company.

Because higher education didn’t keep me busy enough, I simultaneously juggled three internships at the Fox News Channel. I was hired as a booking producer at the network one month prior to my college graduation.

After two years at FNC, my career took me from behind the scenes to on-camera, when I accepted a job as an Anchor/Reporter for the CBS affiliate in Dothan, Alabama. In Dothan, I covered stories from the peanut industry to Alabama voter fraud.

My next career move brought me to Knoxville, Tennessee, where I spent three years reporting and anchoring for the ABC affiliate. In Tennessee, I covered the Gatlinburg wildfires, high-profile murder trials, the opioid epidemic, the Pilot Flying J federal fraud case, and the Tennessee Governor’s Race. In 2016, I earned an Emmy nomination for my breaking news coverage of the death of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. A career highlight was interviewing Channing Tatum and Tom Cruise one-on-one on live television.

I am so thrilled to be on the West Coast and have the privilege of telling the stories that matter most to the Sacramento community. I’m excited to explore beautiful Northern California and everything it has to offer. A few stops on my sightseeing list include: Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. Outside of work, you can often find me running, playing with my dogs, and trying new restaurants around town.

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