I can hardly believe I get paid to do this job. I mean, really, getting out all over the metro area, meeting interesting people, finding out about news as soon as it happens and telling all my TV friends. Some people call that being nosy. I like to say I'm naturally curious.
An adviser at Columbia University's journalism school told me early on, you have to have a fire in your belly if you want to be a broadcast journalist, and I think that's true. Somehow you have to see beyond the crazy hours, constant deadlines and often depressing headlines.
I've had a pretty long run at FOX 5 and have covered everything from city hall and six mayors to the D.C. snipers, to run-of-the-mill education, crime and fire stories in the DMV. My travels have included a trip to Detroit to add a fun spin to stories about the Capitals taking on the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals. Think about it, what do I know about hockey? My photographer and I had a blast reporting on how that octopus that was thrown out on the ice ended up in the kitchen, where the chef was preparing the Capitals' dinner.
Then there was as a trip to Honduras with the military to deliver relief supplies after Hurricane Mitch.
I've picked up some awards along the way, but the biggest kick I get is from viewers I run into out in the field, who say they're watching FOX 5 from sun up to sun down.
I've worked at FOX 5 more than 19 years. Yikes! How time flies. But my career started with United Press International in Boston. I was a reporter/anchor at WHDH Radio in Boston; anchored on the ABC Radio network, covered the Reagan White House as a correspondent for NBC News (radio and TV), was a writer/associate producer for WCBS-TV in New York, chased stories and anchored news for WTOP here in DC, and was a guest on a number of local public affairs shows on NBC4, WUSA9, WETA, WAMU Radio, Howard University TV and C-Span.
Sounds like I've been really busy, but I do make time for working out at the gym, so I can eat my way through exciting, new restaurants popping up all over the area. I also love to travel. And I'm a gardener in a constant battle with rabbits and deer, who like to eat my flowers as fast as I can plant them.