Journalist

 

Journalists drink coffee and take lots of notes. Trust me, I’ve been doing it for more than 10 years.

I originally got into the news industry because I thought April O’Neil had the coolest job & friends. (She was a reporter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic…in case you didn’t know that already.) But, of course my reasoning evolved as I grew up.

Journalists stand on the sidelines of history and write the first draft. Journalists are watchdogs of government. They meet people on their worst and best days. For me, it’s an honor to tell their stories.

I’ve worked in New York, Minnesota, Georgia, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California. As a general assignment reporter I’ve  covered everything from dramatic police standoffs, to Hollywood movie premieres.

With degrees in Journalism and Spanish, I graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she attended on a full-scholarship for rowing.

My first on-air job was a Spanish-speaking one. In 2008, I was a regularly featured guest on a TV program in Toledo, Spain called “Mas Maderas,” for La Tribuna network.

Later that year, I moved back to Minnesota and began working for NBC news station KARE 11. Through the guidance of talented storytellers at the station, I developed my clear and heartfelt reporting style.

In 2009, I moved to Augusta, Georgia and spent nearly three years working as a multimedia journalist at NBC station WAGT.

Before making the move to Los Angeles, I accomplished a life goal; reporting at the station she grew up watching as a kid, ABC’s WTEN in my near my  home town of Saratoga Springs, New York. In my two years there, I traveled to cover a number of major national events, including the 2012 Presidential Election, the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, and the Boston Marathon bombings.

One of my proudest moments as a journalist came from a local story. I started helping a family search for a long lost sister they hadn’t seen in more than 40 years. After several months of investigating, I found the woman’s sister and filmed the emotional family reunion.

I currently live in the South Bay with my husband Steve and their two cats.

Wondering what this “GoBAMF” thing is about? Read on.

 

*Back story* BAMF is prison slang for “Badass Mother F…r.” I know it sounds intense and I’m not one to swear on a regular basis (at least out loud), but there’s a story behind it. My father was a corrections officer. When I was a little girl he told me that if I ever ended up in prison I’d have to be a “BAMF” to survive. I thought, I can do that. Read more on that HERE.