I decided I wanted to be a journalist when I was about 10 years old. I grew up in Trinity, Alabama right down the road from the Shoals. I watched the news growing up and became fascinated with people’s stories.
I attended the University of North Alabama and interned with WAAY 31 from 2011-2012. After I graduated college WAAY 31 offered me a job as a weekend reporter. I worked in Huntsville for about a year before becoming the Shoals Bureau reporter. The move was easy. I love Huntsville but my heart is in the Shoals. I am so proud to serve the people in the Shoals.
I believe God called me into this business. I've always had a gift for making friends and I carry that over into my work. I know I can make a difference and I strive to do that every day. For me working at WAAY 31 isn't about being on TV, it's about connecting with people, sharing their stories, and being a part of this great community. I am a hometown girl, living my dream of helping people right where I grew up. I also love my amazing WAAY 31 family!
Emergency management officials say Governor Kay Ivey will have a full flood damage report by next week.
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Florence is adding more businesses.
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Victims' families told WAAY 31 they trust Bobby Longshore to do the job right.
ARC hosts round table discussion about opioid crisis facing the nation and North Alabama.
P.O. Box customers can still get mail from this facility, but the U.S. Postal Service says they have temporarily suspended operations due to potential facility issues.
Senator Cam Ward introduced Senate Bill 42.
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