I am a southern girl through-and-through, and am originally from a small town, in South Carolina, called Gaffney—commonly known as the hometown of "House of Cards" character Frank Underwood. We, Gaffnoids, are proud of our peaches and have a peach-shaped water tower to prove it.
As far as my career path goes, my love for journalism started back in sixth grade, when I became an anchor for my middle school's news team. Back then, our daily reports usually consisted of after-school event reminders and, more importantly, what items were on the lunch menu. My, how things have changed!
I guess sixth grade must have been a pretty impactful year for me, because that’s also when I realized my love for volleyball, which I continued playing through college.
Speaking of college, I graduated from a private liberal arts school in Spartanburg, SC, called Wofford—whose mascot just so happened to be ranked the second cutest mascot in college sports in 2012. (Go, Terriers!)
While at Wofford, I co-founded the school's first-ever student-run multimedia journalism organization called the “Wofford Wrap.” With the program, I worked as an executive producer, anchor, reporter, photographer, and editor.
While juggling the new organization, I also scored an internship that turned into a job at Spartanburg news station, WSPA-TV.
After being hired by WSPA during my junior year of college, I continued honing my skills as an on-air reporter. I also worked with my college's athletic department as a sports reporter for the department's digital broadcast, TerrierVision, and for ESPN3.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and enjoying the beauty of God’s creations. I consider myself a news junkie and a lover of food, country music, and puns.
I am one of five kids and am very close to my big family. Fun fact: I have a twin brother, and we are both very competitive. For example, throughout our school years, we competed to see who could have perfect attendance the longest. As a result, we both graduated with 12 years of perfect attendance (13 years if you count Kindergarten).
I am new to Huntsville but, so far, Rocket City has been treating me very well. I am looking forward to meeting new people, making those important community connections, and keeping the Tennessee Valley informed of all the latest and greatest news.
WAAY 31 learned why the expansion is much-needed.
WAAY 31 spoke with people in the community who say they've noticed the drug problem in the county is really starting to get out of hand and it's robbing them of their peace of mind.
WAAY 31 is learning how the City of Athens is planning to use the chunk of money they got back from the company.
WAAY 31 spoke with folks in the jail who handle these inmates every day and found out what kind of changes they’re hoping to see.
WAAY 31 spoke with one woman who still feels violated after she witnessed something she never asked to see.
The search for the escaped inmate ended after a traffic stop in Piney Chapel.
WAAY 31 spoke with Glen’s uncle about where Glen was headed the night he was killed and how the family is hoping for change after the terrible tragedy.
WAAY 31 spent the day learning what businesses that allow inmates to work are required to do.
Decatur Police have identified the victim as Glen Stout.
Limestone County DHR also responded to give assistance to the child.