My parents always told me, "Find a job you love and work will never feel like work." That's why I feel so fortunate to be a journalist at KVUE.
You'll see me at 5 p.m. and occasionally on Midday at 11 a.m. anchoring beside the best team in town. That's also where you'll see my consumer and investigative stories and inspirational breast cancer stories I do with the help of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Austin chapter.
I've covered hurricanes, the first ever joint training exercise between Russian and U.S. troops, and the Minneapolis bridge collapse. I even got to interview President Barack Obama a few years ago. I'm really proud of the work I've done here at KVUE including my investigations which have delved into problems with cast iron pipes. I started looking into this issue after a young father was killed when his home exploded.
I'm also grateful for all the women and families who've shared their stories about breast cancer with me over the years. Several of them have been recognized by the Texas Medical Association, including the one I did with my mom and the stage four breast cancer survivors. My hope is that we can continue to raise awareness in hopes that other families won't have to experience this awful disease.
In 2004 while working at WCCO, I convinced my boss to let us test gumball machine jewelry for lead. Sure enough each piece showed high levels of lead. It turns out the government had not been testing but left it up to each manufacturer. My investigation sparked the largest recall in nationwide history and resulted in a new federal law that bans lead from all toys. To this day more than 700 million pieces of jewelry and toys have been recalled as a result of those stories. It also changed Minnesota's lead law.
I feel fortunate that my peers have honored my work with an Edward R. Murrow, four individual Emmys and one for our KVUE newscasts. Our 10pm newscast was honored with an Emmy for best newscast in 2010. My stories have also received numerous Associated Press, Northwest Broadcast News Association, Minnesota Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists awards. My investigation on daycares earned me a trip to the Montel Williams Show.
I've worked at some terrific stations including WRAL in Raleigh, NC, WBIR in Knoxville, TN, WSPA in Spartanburg, SC and WCCO in Minneapolis, MN.
I enjoy volunteering for various organizations. When I'm not at work, you'll probably find me out enjoying the weather. Yes, even in the heat -- remember, we spent five and a half years in Minnesota. I enjoy exploring the Hill Country, walking the hike and bike trails and listening to music. I also love to cook, so I'm constantly trying out new recipes and baking up treats for everyone at work.
Chances are you'll also hear my loud cheers during football and basketball season. I'm a huge college sports fan, which is another reason I'm thrilled to be in Austin. I grew up in North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. Mack Brown was UNC's head football coach when I was in school.
I'm the proud mommy of a terrific little boy. We love spending time outdoors. So if you see us out and about, be sure to stop and say hello. If you've got a story to share or one you think I should look into drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter/like my Facebook page.
- Photos by KVUE's John Gusky at Mount Bonnell in Austin