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WJAX-TV/WFOX-TV                            Jacksonville, FL                                                     August 2014 – Present

Evening Anchor/Reporter

  • Anchors daily evening newscasts with engaging and compelling coverage on major events.
  • Enterprises story ideas and consults with producers and managers on content.
  • Maintains strong working relationships with producers and production teams to ensure high quality newscasts.
  • Provides leadership and mentoring to reporters, producers and other employees.
  • Contributes content across various digital and social media platforms.
  • Serves as ambassador for station through volunteer work and public appearances.


WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV                           Charlotte, NC                                                August 2009 – August 2014

Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter

  • Anchored daily morning newscasts between 2-5 hours each day at Charlotte’s news leader.
  • Led coverage with strong emphasis on local, hard, breaking news and investigative reporting.
  • Comfortable and compelling when anchoring and reporting.
  • Able to adlib on variety of topics and devise questions for on-air interviews.
  • Pitched enterprise story ideas on a daily basis.
  • Communicated daily with producers & reporters in the field.
  • Served as Fill-in anchor for all evening and weekend newscasts.
  • Strong live reporting skills.


ABC 24 WPTY / CW30 WLMT               Memphis, Tennessee                                              July 2006 – July 2009

General Assignment Reporter

  • Provided reports for station’s morning, midday and evening newscasts.
  • Enterprised multiple stories daily.
  • “Run-and-gun” breaking news reporting.
  • Multiple live shots daily.
  • Posted content to the website each day.
  • Responsible for weekly “Child Care Report Card” and “Waiting Child” adoption segments.


WMAZ-TV                                          Macon, Georgia                                                    July 2004 – July 2006

Reporter/Anchor/Video journalist

  • Investigated and reported information to present on Emmy award winning daily newscasts.
  • Anchored a two-hour morning newscast and a 30-minute noon show daily.
  • Also shot and edited video footage and wrote for broadcast and online.
  • Live reporting and field editing experience.


Capital News Service, UMTV,                 College Park, Maryland                                     January 2004 – May 2004

General Assignment Reporter

  • Worked as a reporter/anchor/photographer for Emmy Award winning student-operated nightly newscast.
  • Set-up, conducted, shot and edited interviews for public affairs program.
  • Interviewed top Maryland officials including the Governor, Speaker of the House, and State Comptroller.





University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland

Master of Journalism

May 2004

University Fellow, GPA 3.6


Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

May 2003

Summa Cum Laude, Miss Benedict College 2002-2003, GPA 3.9





  • 2020 The Mary J Brogan Award from the Florida Literacy Coalition
  • 2019 NATAS Suncoast Regional Emmy Award for Spot News, "Miracle on the St. Johns River", Anchor
  • 2019 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Health/Science, Breaking News, Continuing Coverage)
  • 2018 Folio Weekly Best TV Anchor
  • 2018 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Team Coverage) | 2018 University of North Florida OSPREY Community Engagement Award
  • 2018 Literacy Pro Award
  • 2017 Murrow Award Recipient for Overall Excellence in Large Market Television for Region 13
  • 2017 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award Finalist for Best News Anchor
  • 2017 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Evening Newscast, Continuing Coverage, Team Coverage)
  • 2016 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Evening Newscast)
  • 2016 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Team Coverage)
  • 2015 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Education/Schools)
  • 2015 Suncoast Emmy-nominee for individual investigative report in the Education/Schools Category
  • 2015 Suncoast Emmy-nominee (for newscast - Spot News on Severe Weather)
  • 2015 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award recipient for Best TV Newscast
  • Winner of 2013 Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists News Excellence Award
  • 2008 Broadcast Media “Making KIDS COUNT Award” from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth for “Child Care Report Card” segment