My interest in news started at a very young age as a newspaper carrier first for the Cleveland Press and then The Plain Dealer.
Yes, I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Go Browns, Cavs and Indians!
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.
In April 2018, the Virginia Associated Press presented me with its Best News Anchor in the Virginias award.
I also earned a Second Place Award for Best Investigative Reporting.
There are several Emmy, other 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.
Our most recent regional Edward R. Murrow award came in April 2018 for our coverage of the Charlottesville riot.
We earned a Best Newscast nod for our 6 p.m. newscast on August 12, 2017.
In Jacksonville, my wife and I hosted Karaoke at several locations.
That experience gave me a new appreciation for 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.
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