From a very young age, it was clear that that I was (unknowingly) training to become a Television News Reporter.
Born in Santa Clara and raised in Sunnyvale, I never thought this job was even possible and looking back I can revel in how lucky I am to be doing this for a living.
I was always fascinated with the family video camera, but didn't just document life as one of 5 children (I'm number 3) I recorded "news" reports about happenings in the neighborhood from my living room.
As ASB President at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, I was named "Woman of the Year" for my graduating class and delivering the morning announcements to the entire student body clued me in to how much I love communicating with others.
My heart would start to race anytime I saw a television news van driving down Highway 101 or 280. (Those were the days before Highway 85 even existed.). So it is an absolute thrill to think now a few decades later, my "office" is to ride inside one of those television news vans driving all over the Bay Area.
I started as Reporter in the KTVU South Bay Bureau in the Spring of 2008 in what turned out to be a devastating year for wildfires in California.
I was one of the first reporters on the scene as the Summit Fire swept through the Santa Cruz Mountains, and covered more than half a dozen other destructive fires in the following months from Sacramento to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
My career highlights include covering a shuttle landing (the space craft looked so much dirtier in-person!), a behind-the-scenes look at Alcatraz and American Idol, Oprah Winfrey's "last lecture" at Stanford and reporting from the dugout of Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. (I am still waiting for the Blue Angels to fulfill my lifelong dream of flying with them.)
I started my career on the Central Coast working on Cal Poly Television. I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a double major in Journalism and History, learned Spanish studying abroad in Spain, and learned lacrosse at U.C. Davis and went on to play for the varsity team at Cal Poly.
After landing my first reporting job in San Luis Obispo, I went on to anchor the evening newscasts for KNVN & KHSL-TV in Chico and then anchored the weekend evening newscasts for ABC-30 in Fresno.
It was there I won an Emmy from the NATAS-SF chapter for our coverage of the May Day Immigration March on City Hall. After joining KTVU, I won an Associated Press Award for my coverage of an Oakland football coach's unorthodox way of keeping his players safe.
I feel truly honored to be able to report on Bay Area history including nights the Giants won the World Series and the Warriors won the NBA Championship. I thank you for being part of this incredible journey that is only just beginning.