After more than a decade of chasing TV news all over the country, it’s home sweet home! I’m a Northern California kid, born and raised in Santa Rosa; so covering what’s happening in the Sacramento area is as close to ‘home’ as possible.
I’m lucky to say I have the opportunity to do that working alongside Nikki Laurenzo, Kristina Werner and Jim Crandell each weekday on FOX40 News at 5, 6 and 10pm.
Working in live TV is one of those careers that requires passion to do it right. I’d like to think I’m a pretty easy going guy, but when big news happens, that sort of goes out the window and that’s what I love most about what I do. Our job is to figure out what’s important and most impactful to the most people and report it in a responsible way; it’s a challenge every day and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.
Working in TV all over the country (California, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Virginia, Florida) has left me with a unique view of the world I’ve experienced, but no matter where you live one thing stays the same: Everyone has a story, let them tell it.
In 2002 I had the opportunity to work for International Sports Broadcasting at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. What an adventure! People from all over the world, telling their stories and participating in an event they had worked their entire life to be a part of; overwhelming to say the least.
I suppose we all have things we’d like to forget happened (right?). How about this one? I’m new to the state and city and I’m doing a live TV interview with the mayor. Not only do I call him the name of the mayor from my previous TV market, but I got so flustered on the air I couldn’t remember his name at all. Really? Seriously? A sad moment for me, for sure.
Let’s move on, it’s making my palms sweat just thinking about it. Proud moments are part of the game too, one of mine is winning a team Emmy for Best Newscast because let’s face it … trophies are cool.
Beyond the cameras, trophies and big interviews is the rest of life.
Nothing I do professionally will equal what I have in my family. My wife Lisa and I live life through the eyes of our 3 kids: a little girl and identical twin boys. The daily journey with them has taught me more about who I am and who I want to be, than anything else I have ever experienced.
I’m a fanatic about health. The gym, long runs and healthy eating are a way of life for us. I’ve also got a pretty strong case of OCD and sometimes I think I drive myself crazy, but that’s another story for another day … for now, I’ve got plenty of YOUR stories to tell. Shoot me an email if you’ve got a story we can tell together, firstname.lastname@example.org.