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 spoke with a man who’s been involved in the construction of the new school from the beginning.
WAAY 31 talked with some of the man's neighbors about what happened.
The Limestone County Commission plans to spend almost $200,000 in federal funds to repair a stretch of Easter Ferry Road, just south of the Sulfur Creek bridge.
The Limestone County Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information about the suspect's whereabouts call 256-232-0111.
The shortage is most likely due to competing school districts, but the pay for substitute teachers in Decatur was recently increased by 10% to hopefully persuade people to apply.
A stabbing victim was found at the Chris Way Mobile Home Park.
WAAY 31 spoke with people who live nearby and learned why they think the new complex will be more of a disruption than an improvement.
WAAY 31 talked with one school bus driver and learned why she continues to drive after 20 years.
While other schools have already decided to delay school on Tuesday, so far, the call has not been made in Limestone County.
Amanda Qualls told us the reward she’s offering will take away from her Christmas fund, but she says getting her sentimental items back will make it all worth it.