1) Who are you? I was born and raised in Indiana. No surprise, I grew up playing basketball and still love it. And yes, this white man can dunk (on a good day with no defense). My hometown was where I got my start, working as the sports editor for my hometown newspaper. In fact, for the first eight years of my career, I was a sports guy (Wausau, WI and Waco, TX). I made the transition to feature reporting in 2017 and although I miss sports, I love what I’m doing now. For my work, I’ve won an Emmy, an Edward R. Murrow Award and many other state and national awards. I was also a three-time winner of the “excessive talking” award on my elementary school report card(my parents won’t be as quick to label this an “award”). I’m a Taurus who likes long walks on the beach (who doesn’t), the outdoors and a good chick flick from time to time (but, let’s be honest, I watch anything). When I was a wee little lad, I broke more bones and had more injuries than any child should ever endure, albeit due to my own stupidity (or my brother’s).
2) What are your interests? My interests? Obviously, basketball. I enjoy watching any and every sporting event whenever I can. I can’t get enough food, especially sugar (chocolate is my kryptonite). That explains why baking is one of my favorite hobbies. I also love singing. I travel any chance I get. There's a whole lotta world and a teeny bit of time to see it. One of my favorite places to visit is northeast Indiana. It’s not a dream destination, but the family’s there and family is everything to me. Other than my parents, I have one brother and one sister and numerous nieces/nephews. Back to traveling, I would go to Mars IN A HEARTBEAT. Sorry WFAA, but I’d peace out if I ever had the opportunity to work for NASA/be an astronaut. Going to space is at the top of my bucket list. Speaking of, any kind souls want to help finance my trip into orbit? Professionally, I just want to tell each person’s story in a way that honors them. It’s not my story, it’s theirs. It deserves to be respected.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? I love working at WFAA, first and foremost, because it has one of the greatest traditions/histories of any local TV station in the country. So many industry-shaping people and events took place within our building. It’s crazy to walk the halls and know that I’m being propped up on the shoulders of giants. However, we still have amazing people working at WFAA and that’s what I love. Everyone takes his/her job seriously, works tirelessly and produces incredible content. It inspires me to work harder, be better and improve daily. The longer I’m here the more these people become my family, which makes for a great place to work.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? One thing?! I have so many surprises, I could go on for dayzzzz. But, alas, one at a time. Or one for just now. I think the thing that may surprise people the most is my singing background. In elementary school, I was in a show choir type group. In middle school, I was in a show choir type group. In high school, I was in a legit show choir, one of the best in the country (we had the awards to prove it). In college, I was in a gospel choir and then an all-male a capella group. Yes, just like Pitch Perfect (except we weren’t so dramatic). Videos from my high school show choir days and my a capella group exist online, but they’re hard to find. I’m not about to give you that information. I don’t want to be blackmailed. But, find me a place to sing or cast me in a musical in North Texas and I’m there.
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