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 talked with politicians who still have signs out and learned what others think about it.
WAAY 31 talked to people who live nearby and travel the road frequently and learned how the roadwork will impact their commutes.
The Athens City Schools superintendent said he's getting support from parents and students in regards to the delay.
WAAY 31 talked to folks about the incident and learned this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.
Travelers reacted to hearing a man was arrested after thousands of dollars worth of tools were stolen from tractors and trailers in several different hotel parking lots in Athens.
A date for the school's opening has not been set yet.
WAAY 31 talked with the teen’s best friend and learned how she’s doing after the wreck.
After posting about a full house on Facebook last week, the Athens-Limestone County Animal Shelter received a lot of positive feedback and had at least a dozen dogs taken out of their shelter just this past weekend, but they tell WAAY 31 the over-crowding problem isn’t exactly fixed.
According to AAA, about 49 million Americans are expected to hit the road this Thanksgiving, which is the most traveling we’ve seen on the holiday in more than a dozen years. Not to mention, gas prices are also expected to be on the rise.
WAAY 31 spoke with a local nonprofit organization about the services available for veterans who may be struggling with PTSD.