I entered the field of broadcast news at the suggestion of my grandfather. He was an FBI agent who worked with the media in many cases including the Kennedy assassination in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. He told me, "You ask a lot of questions. Have you ever thought of being a journalist?!"
I started my broadcasting career while I was a student at the University of Alabama. While I was waiting tables as a student, I began in radio in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Then, as an intern at WCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa, my work ended up on the news. Not necessarily because I was talented, but because they were short-staffed! When I graduated, though, I was lucky enough to get a full-time job at WCFT as an anchor and reporter. I worked there before coming to WAAY-31 almost 24 years ago.
Hometown News to me means LOCAL. It's the best possible focus for any news operation in any city across the country. Everyone wants to know what's going on in our hometowns with our neighbors. A national or cable news outlet is not covering what's happening in our local communities. That's OUR job as the "hometown" news station.
My favorite part of working at WAAY is people: the people we profile in our stories; the people I work with. That's what it's all about. Sharing information; critical, emotional and even fun is what being human is all about. I am humbled by the feeling of someone opening their heart and mind to us as news people so we can share with others. It's a great honor to be a recipient of that gift.