Hometown: Anniston, Alabama
Birthday: October 25
Hired at WAAY: November 2011
Family, kids and siblings: Mom and Dad, Patti and Steve. Brother, John
Pets: Two Labs... Eleanor Rigby, aka Ella. I love the Beatles!!! And Lela, ran out of Beatles' songs so she is named after Simon and Garfunkle's Cecilia.
Hobbies: Shopping (of course), painting and watching lots of football.
Alma Mater: University of Alabama
Most memorable interview or story: I covered the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. It was a long week waiting to find out if the 29 miners had survived. The small community really came together and supported each other. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking to see.
Role model: Audrey Hepburn…classic, sophisticated and altruistic.
Favorite food: Grilled cheese and fried okra. And my homemade French Macarons, a la Laduree Paris.
Favorite sports team and why: Haha, there isn’t any contest. ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!! I verge on crazy.
Favorite musician: The Beatles.
Favorite vacation spot: Paris, Edinburgh…Might sound silly, but I think I lived in Edinburgh in a former life. And of course, the Gulf beaches!
First TV appearance: I guess it was college…WVUA at the University of Alabama.
Your dream job: This one!
Why you like working in the Tennessee Valley and WAAY: After spending six years above the Mason-Dixon Line, I’m glad to be back in my home state where the winters aren’t so icy. Everyone here in the Valley is friendly and giving, which makes for a great place to live.
What "This is Home" means to me: "This is Home" is about making sure that where we live is number 1 and taking the time to give out information that is important whether it be road construction, cool events or new businesses coming to the Valley.