I can't believe I went nearly 15 years without watching regular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. I grew up in St. Petersburg, attended Shorecrest Preparatory School my entire childhood, and then moved off to Wake Forest University when I was 17, never thinking my life would bring me back through the Tampa Bay area. It feels great to be back, and my dog, Choca, certainly isn’t complaining about catching frisbees in the ocean on a weekly basis.
I haven’t really followed the typical path of a broadcast news reporter. I studied history and French in college, after which I moved to New York to produce for FOX News Channel’s morning show, FOX & Friends. Then I left the news business, thinking I’d got into psychotherapy, and studied religion and psychology at Boston University.
I’m most interested in stories that involve one's beliefs about what's "true" and "right" and how one acts accordingly. For example, I covered a child neglect case in Knoxville where a mother was charged in her daughter's cancer death because she prayed for healing instead of taking her daughter to a doctor for chemotherapy. Her lawyers told a judge there’s currently no law detailing when a parent should take her child to the doctor, and when it’s OK to pray. The case centered on whether the government should have that power at all. Years later, it still fascinates me.
When I'm not in an edit bay, I’m riding my horse, Sassy, running with Choca, doing yoga or reading. Living in Tampa again also means I get to have dinner with my parents on a regular basis, which I haven’t done since I left for college. But it also means mom can pop over whenever she wants!
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