My journalism career led me to three cities before I landed at KTVU in 1997. I immediately fell in love with the Bay Area and think it’s one of the greatest places in the world to live, work and raise a family.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. I wish I could say I always wanted to become a journalist, but I can’t. Half way through my sophomore year in college that all changed.
A family friend who worked as a sportscaster at KIRO-TV in Seattle invited my mom and me to come watch the evening news. I remember thinking, “Wow that looks like a really cool job.”
After that I started taking communications classes and loved them. The thought of having a job where you could learn something new every day really interested me.
My first job in television news took me to Yakima, WA, where I actually lived in a tiny apartment above the TV station. I worked 12-hour days as a one-woman band reporter. I hauled around all my own camera gear and shot, wrote and edited all my own stories every day.
One time, while anchoring a 5-minute news cut-in, I had to read a story about a new construction project in downtown Yakima.
The teleprompter said, “city shops” but my words didn’t quite come out that way. I accidentally said, “sh---y shops!!” I was mortified by my mistake and the news director wasn’t too happy about it either. She suspended me for two days without pay.
Next stop: KJEO-TV in Fresno, CA. I was 23 years old and hired as the weeknight news anchor and health reporter. Fresno is also where I met my husband. During our honeymoon in Hawaii, I got a call from a News Director in Seattle offering me what I thought at the time was my dream job.
It was a chance to return to my hometown and anchor a weekday morning show at KIRO-TV in Seattle. Work started before the crack of dawn! My alarm went off every morning at 1:50AM so I could get to TV station by 3:00AM.
Three years later my husband, who works in the Health Care industry, was offered a promotion and that led us to the Bay Area in 1997. I started working at KTVU as a freelance reporter and within a couple of months was hired full time.
I was promoted to weekend anchor in 1998 and in 2000 I joined Dennis Richmond on the newly launched KTVU Channel Two News at 6.
In 2006, I was named co-anchor of the 10 O’Clock News and was thrilled to have the opportunity to once again expand my anchoring duties at one of the most respected television stations in the country.
Earlier in 2015, I also became co-anchor of the News at 5.
During my time at KTVU I’ve received seven Emmy awards including one in 2004 for Best On-Camera News Anchor. The same year, the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) named me the Best TV On-Air Reporter.
I’ve won a number of other awards throughout my career. While it’s nice to be honored by your peers, the biggest reward is having a chance to cover stories that make a difference and touch peoples’ lives.
Along with my work as a journalist, I’m also a very proud wife and mother. My husband, Ryan and I have two teenage sons.
Balancing my career and family life is a constant juggle but I’m really lucky to have a supportive family. Our boys love sports especially football, baseball, golf and lacrosse. When I’m not at work, I’m usually on the sidelines taking pictures and cheering on my kids.
And when I’m not on a horse, I’m the one walking around with a camera looking for a great shot. I have close to 40,000 pictures on my computer. The only thing I need now is more time to organize all of those pictures.
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