My interest in news started at a very young age as a newspaper carrier for the Cleveland Press. Yes, I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Go Browns, Cavs and Indians!
Not long after, I began delivering the early morning newspaper The Plain Dealer. The money I earned from being a carrier helped me pay for high school and college. The newspaper ink got into my blood and hooked me.
I attended Cleveland State University and graduated with a degree in Communications. During my time there, I hosted a Friday afternoon jazz show on WCSB-FM. The training paid off and eventually led to a paying job as a booth announcer at WVIZ-TV PBS in Cleveland. Thank you Jack Neal and Betty Cope. And if you ever tooled around the Cleveland area while I was in college you might have heard me singing and playing guitar at local restaurants with the Carr & Spain Band.
I've held television news positions in Ft. Wayne, Erie, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Jacksonville. The work has afforded me the opportunity to become a better journalist.
Collaborating with a number of talented people over the years has also helped me earn a number of professional accolades. There are several Emmy, Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalism and other awards with my name on them. The team work also helped us pick up several regional Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding news coverage.
In Jacksonville, my wife and I hosted Karaoke at several locations. That experience gave me a new appreciation for certain music that wasn't always on my listening radar.
I have two daughters and a son. My family and I enjoy Central Virginia and look forward to learning as much as we can about the area.
Remember, if you have a story idea, or would like me to possibly speak at your function, please don't hesitate to get in touch.