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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.

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    SEATTLE – The battle over drug consumption sites continues to brew.  King County officials are pushing forward with a pilot program to bring a facility here where people can inject, smoke, snort or consume drugs under supervision. Individual cities like Bothell have already enacted bans against the sites.  Despite that, on Friday three King County Council members visited a facility in Vancouver, B.C., to see how the Canadian version works. “I was shooting meth and heroin for about 11 to […]

  • Small King County neighborhood frustrated by three-day power outage

    One neighborhood on the Eastside says they’re prone to power outages and they’re frustrated that with every storm they get hit hard with a domino effect of challenges.

  • Mitzi Johanknecht widens lead over incumbent Urquhart in King County sheriff’s race

    SEATTLE — Mitzi Johanknecht on Wednesday widened her lead over incumbent John Urquhart for King County sheriff. With a second round of ballots counted Wednesday, Johanknecht  had 52.6% of the votes compared to Urquhart’s 47.4% (159,129 votes to 143,343).  She had led 51.8% to 48.2% after the initial votes were counted Tuesday night. During the campaign, Johanknecht, a 32-year King County Sheriff’s Office veteran, accused Urquhart of mistreating employees as sheriff. He denied that, saying the attacks came because he […]

  • Iraq War veteran loses home in Sultan house explosion

    A neighborhood is scattered with debris and a Sultan family without a home tonight after their house exploded early Thursday morning.  Investigators say it was likely propane tanks stored inside the garage that caused the explosion.

  • Anti-Muslim graffiti at Kent-Meridian High sparks extra security

    KENT, Wash. — Anti-Muslim graffiti written in the bathroom of a local school has authorities on high alert.  Now Kent-Meridian High School officials and local police are sending a warning to parents. One message reads, “All Muslims dead on 10/10 #MAGA.”  The other writings include derogatory terms and a Nazi swastika.  That threat was found on Tuesday, but Kent Meridian administrators didn’t notify parents until they sent out a letter on Friday. The threat promises action on 10/30 which is […]

  • New storm: It’s going to be a soaker for most from Saturday to midday Sunday

    SEATTLE — We’re getting one more big storm Saturday before we finally see some relief around the Pacific Northwest. “Hazards on Saturday will include wind, heavy rain, standing water on roadways, gusty winds, localized flooding, spotty power outages and the risk of mudslides,” Q13 News Meteorologist Time Joyce said Friday night. The rain is expected to be especially heavy for the South Sound on Saturday afternoon. Tacoma and points south could get nearly 2 inches of rain from this storm. […]

  • Support meeting helps students at school of slain 6-year-old Lynnwood boy

    SEATTLE — Many in the Lynnwood area, including young children, are still trying to cope less than a week after 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko’s death.  On a rainy Thursday night, dozens of parents with their young kids crowded inside Beverly Elementary School for a support meeting. The meeting is “for our families to gather and to grieve and to hear about some additional resources that may help them and their families to get through this,” said Edmonds School District Superintendent Kristine […]

  • Heavy rain moves into area after strong winds knock down trees, power lines (PHOTOS)

    SEATTLE — Tens of thousands of people were without power Wednesday and Wednesday as trees and tree limbs came down during high winds. Officials say over 54,000 customers were without power at one point as a wind and rain storm blew through Western Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle on Wednesday issued high wind warnings on the coast and north of Seattle from Everett to Bellingham while wind advisories were issued from Seattle to south of Centralia. The weather […]

  • Police: 19-year-old family member confesses to drowning 6-year-old Lynnwood boy

    A 19-year-old man admitted to drowning a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy with autism in the child's apartment and disposed of his body in a dumpster outside, the  Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

  • ‘Queen of Katwe’ receives help for costs to attend Northwest University in Kirkland

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