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I knew I wanted to be a television news journalist at a young age. Truthfully, it’s the only job I ever wanted. My career has taken me further west to Seattle, Washington where I work as an anchor/reporter at Q13 News – KCPQ. My job title includes both anchoring and reporting so I can continue to bring a wide skill set into the newsroom while working on both responsibilities.

As a news anchor and reporter at ABC 4 Utah, I soon learned the position made me an instant role model. As the first black primary weekday anchor in the state of Utah, I strive to be a great example while reaching out to Utah’s minority communities. That history-making accomplishment garnished international notoriety and a great responsibility.

I started my journalism career at Syracuse University where I held various positions on campus stations and newspapers before graduating. I spent the last three months of my collegiate career, starting my professional career working as part-time reporter at WSYR News Channel 9. My first taste of journalism sent me all over Central New York covering fatal snowmobile accidents, union disputes, and snow, snow, snow.

I also worked at KCRG TV9 News in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I spent three years waking up bright and early to deliver the weekend morning news. I fell in love with the people of Eastern Iowa.

Before that, I worked at WSJV in South Bend, IN as a lead weeknight reporter at the tender age of 22, fresh out of college with the weight of the highest-rated newscast on my shoulders.

Born in Ft. Worth, TX but raised in the suburbs of Chicago, I’ve always had the itch to travel. I spent a semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. While abroad, I traveled Europe and Northern Africa experiencing and learning about cultures different from my own.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with bachelor degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from Syracuse University in May 2008.

Recent Articles
  • Mexican store owner in Burien reflects on Mexico City earthquake

    BURIEN, Wash. – Two massive earthquakes have ripped through two Mexican cities just 12 days apart.  The more recent quake, a 7.1 magnitude, rocked the Mexico City area. The impact from the earthquakes are being felt all the way in Western Washington. Under the rubble, a child emerges as rescuers search the ruins of several schools that collapsed during the latest quake. “Just when we were going to run down part of the building collapsed and everything was dust and […]

  • La Nina ‘watch’ doesn’t necessarily mean bad winter for Western Washington

    SEATTLE – All this rain and the first snow in the mountains has many people wondering how our winter will pan out. Back in December, it looked like Christmas postcard weather in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.  You remember our wet, cold, and long winter — the worst one in 32 years. “Once it snows and ices up, you can’t get out of the driveway,” said one driver. Then we embarked on sweltering heat this summer, just weeks ago. “Pretty hot, […]

  • New $3.5M King County grant could help get kids off streets, into programs

    SEATTLE — A $3.5 million grant program could help keep kids get on the right track in under-served areas in King County. For the first time, King County Parks is starting a Youth and Amateur Sports Grants Program open to the public to submit ideas. You can get thousands of dollars to start or renovate sports programs in King County, including unincorporated areas. Research shows kids who get involved in sports and other extracurriculars have a better shot at success. […]

  • CAPTURED: Suspect charged with snatching purse from 89-year-old woman walking in Ballard

    KING COUNTY — Sept. 18, 2017 King County Prosecutors have charged the suspect accused of stealing an 89-year-old woman’s purse as she walked on a sidewalk in Ballard.  Larry Wayne Smith Jr  is charged with Theft in the 1st Degree, Identity Theft in the Second Degree and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Prosecutors say withing an hour of the purse theft, Smith used her stolen debit card to purchase a gift card at a Ballard Safeway. That theft […]

  • Zombie Fest gets you prepared for any emergency

    NORMANDY PARK, Wash. – Much of the Houston area and the state of Florida remains in recovery mode trying to get cleaned up after hurricane damage.  That has emergency responders in our area thinking about how you can get ready for whatever may come our way. “If you’re ready and prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything,” said Normandy Park Police Chief Dan Yourkoski. Saturday marked the sixth annual Zombie Fest.  If zombies were to walk the Earth, would you […]

  • Wildfire that forced evacuations near Arlington is contained

    ARLINGTON, Wash. —  About seven homes were evacuated as precaution when a wildfire broke out outside Arlington Thursday, authorities said. Just before 9 p.m. the Washington Department of Natural Resources tweeted that crews and bulldozers had made a fireline, put down hoses and held the ’99th Drive Fire’ to just 3 to 4 acres. The brush and timber fire started mid-afternoon along 99th Avenue NE and 240th outside Arlington, in Arlington Heights, according to the sheriff’s office. The cause was […]

  • Ripple-effect on child sex abuse survivors after Murray resignation

    SEATTLE – For the first time, we’re hearing from the fifth man who accuses former Mayor Ed Murray of child sex abuse.  We’re also learning more about the impact of this scandal on his other accusers and other alleged adult survivors in our area. “He’s a child rapist and pedophile,” said Jeff Simpson, who accuses Ed Murray of abusing him when he was a child. Simpson is silent no more.  He’s speaking out from his Portland area home against Murray.  […]

  • At debate, Seattle mayoral candidates asked their reactions to Ed Murray’s resignation

    SEATTLE — The two candidates for Seattle mayor — Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon — held a debate Tuesday night on the issues of homelessness and city affordability.  But Mayor Ed Murray’s surprise resignation announcement quickly became a prime topic. To quickly address the news that everyone was talking about, the moderator asked both candidates what they thought about the resignation. “I had a conversation with the mayor and told him he needed to look very carefully at whether he […]

  • Caribbean Sounders FC 2 head coach, player worry for loved ones after Hurricane Irma

    SEATTLE – As Floridians prepare for the wrath of Irma, some people in our area are already dealing with its aftermath.  Several players and the head coach of Sounders FC 2 are from the Caribbean, including Barbuda.  That island nation is now depleted after the eye of the storm ripped through it. The prime minister of Barbuda says 95% of its buildings were damaged by Hurricane Irma with the number of dead expected to rise. “When you’re on the island […]

  • Several Washington families push for more police training in proposed Initiative 940

    SEATTLE – Several families of people killed by Washington police officers over the last few years say they have a solution to what they call a problem with excessive force.  They want all state law enforcement to receive more training in violence de-escalation, mental health, first-aid, and a change in standards for use of deadly force. Proposed Initiative 940 would also mandate adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation.   Charleena Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle Police officers […]