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TV News has been in my blood since I was a teenager... but my first love was music and I dreamed of being a rock and roll DJ. Then reality reared its head and reminded me that perhaps I needed a more serious-minded career.
It all started when I was 17 years old on board a ship while serving in the Navy. While out at sea in the Persian Gulf, everyone was clamoring for the latest news from back home. But, with no newspaper delivery, and no internet we were all out of touch.
So a colleague and I on board the Richard E. Byrd figured out a way to take wire copy and share it with the entire ship. We propped a camera on boxes in a storage locker, hooked into the ship's closed circuit television system, and did what amounted to about a ten minute newscast each night.
Look out Walter Cronkite. After the Navy I studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) and after graduation took my first job in Salisbury, Maryland. Farming, oysters and beach traffic stories proved enough after two years, so off I went to Lexington, Kentucky.
There I was the police and courts reporter, actually walking the beat, and making such a good impression on the police chief that he wanted to hire me to be a cop. Preferring pens to guns, I declined.
After four years there I was off to Salt Lake City to be a courts and general assignment reporter. I loved the mountains for hiking, covered lots of big stories, but then landed my dream job back in the Midwest, at FOX 32, in 1998.
Here I've covered it all, including the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, Barack Obama's election in Grant Park and just about every other major story to come our way. I still love music, play tennis and run, and most of all enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids.
To borrow a line from a colleague, I've got plenty of Emmys and Associated Press awards for reporting through the years, and if you want to hear about them send me an email at email@example.com. But I bet you won't.
Thanks for watching FOX, and if you've got a story you think I should cover, send me an email, I'd love to hear from you. Also, feel free to connect with me through Facebook.