What is your favorite type of story to tell?
I'm very fortunate my career allows me to meet different people, learn new things, and share stories about what makes our communities special. My favorite part of it all is showing people worlds outside of their own. Hopefully they will also learn something new, and think, "Hmm. I've never thought of it that way before." Those types of stories connect us all. I believe that, at the end of the day, we are all neighbors -- even if we don't all live near each other.
Where’d you grow up and what are your ties to Wisconsin / Madison?
I grew up in Austin. No, not the one in Texas. Austin, Minnesota. We're the SPAM capital of the world, FYI. I've spent much of my life visiting Wisconsin, and I always felt like the Madison area was a great fit for me.
Do you live by a motto or catchphrase: “Today, I am grateful for...”
What’s your favorite concert memory?
I have three. I am a huge Reba McEntire fan. My parents knew how much I loved her as a kid, and took me to my first Reba concert for my fourth birthday. A few summers ago, my mom, dad, and I saw Reba again (My 10th time overall.) It was special because, this time, I got to treat them. I'm also a huge fan of The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks.) During their most recent tour in 2016-17, I got to be on stage with them twice for their big finale. Not to brag, but I play a mean tambourine. Finally, Dolly Parton. I was front row center at a Dolly show in 2016. My friends and I were so excited, we were on our feet for every song. Eventually, Dolly looked at us and politely told us to sit down so other people could see the show. Ha!
What is your favorite “thing” about the Madison area?
My favorite thing about Madison is the energy here. I love all of local the businesses, restaurants, art, music, lakes, and the people in general. There is just an electricity here that seems to power this tremendous sense of community.
Who are your heroes?
My mom and dad. They are so supportive and are always there for me. They've taught me to work hard, enjoy life, and that kindness is always the best currency to possess.
When/why did you decide to work in television?
I had a different path toward broadcast journalism than most of my peers. This career is an amalgamation of several of my interest. I love to write, I love to learn about new things, I have always been a fan of video/television/movies. I realized this career would allow me to pursue all of these interests, and hopefully make a difference in the community.
What is a fun fact about you?
A few years ago, I interviewed the President of the United States. While waiting on the tarmac, a Secret Service agent approached me. I was so worried I did something wrong. He walked up next to me, and asked, "It's so windy out here, and I noticed your hair doesn't move at all. How do you do that?!?!"