Birthplace: I was born in Queens, New York because as Eddie Murphy says in Coming To America, that is where Queens reside.
Education: My school life prepped me for TV news life because my family moved often and I switched schools every few years. I went to two middle schools, two high schools and two colleges. I attended Cal State Northridge and did a National Exchange Program to Hunter College in New York City my sophomore year. Ultimately, I transferred to Hunter College and graduated with honors.
Current Position/Job Duties: Good Morning Cleveland Anchor
Previous Work Experience: Co-Host of The Good Morning Show on WFMY-News 2 in North Carolina and feature reporter for ABC News' World News Now.
Most Memorable Stories: Covering Maya Angelou's funeral in Winston-Salem, N.C. She left a lasting mark on the world, but her impact resonated so deeply in the North Carolina community where she taught for several decades. It was a privilege to share the stories of the lives she changed.
Awards/Honors: Emmy Award for Community Service and two-time Emmy nominee.
News Philosophy: Find the truth and make it conversational.
Role Models: Oprah and my mom, whom I affectionately call "Mama Fern."
Favorite Sports Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns, and Indians.
Favorite Music: 60's soul, hip hop, rap and pop. Random mix, but I like music that gets me moving.
Favorite Movies: I love watching movies and have many favorites but none formed my adolescence more than Never Been Kissed. I wanted to be a journalist and saw myself in Drew Barrymore's awkward character, who loved reading, was uncomfortable around boys and part of the math club.
Favorite Programs: In order: Breaking Bad, The Office, House of Cards, 30 Rock, 60 Minutes.
Favorite Book: When The Elephants Dance
Hobbies/Interests: I love a good treasure hunt and often go to my local thrift stores and flea markets to find them. Some of my favorite dresses are ones I found at The Salvation Army and Goodwill—including my prom dress. I also enjoy shopping for food, but don't like cooking—working on the disconnect! I also started practicing yoga, after an injury, and to my surprise have become an inadvertent yogi.
Hidden Talent: Karaoke master.
Something Most People don't know about me: I like to collect cards with pugs on them. Ever since my sister brought home our family pug, Buckey, I've been "pug-sessed." When I see a card with a pug on it, I have to buy it. I have a drawer full of them and mail them to people for all of life's wonderful occasions!
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: The food, ice cream and Lake Erie.
You're most likely to see me around town: Everywhere. I'm exploring all things Cleveland! Seriously, you'll see me at Target… I'm always there.