Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Education: Lorain County Community College & University of Toledo
Current Position / Job Duties: Multimedia Journalist
Previous Work Experience: News Anchor and Reporter for WSBT TV in South Bend, Indiana from 1993 to 2000 / Reporter for WNWO TV in Toledo prior to that.
Joined NewsChannel 5: June 19, 2000
Most Memorable Stories: I once did a story about a homeless couple who found a woman's purse with thousands of dollars of cash in it and they turned it over to police. Viewers were so inspired they offered to help the couple in a number of ways.
Another one of my favorites was a story we did on how to recognize potentially deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. A couple of days later a Canton area family called to say they thought they all had the flu until their daughter remembered our story. They called firefighters who found dangerous levels of CO in their home from a faulty furnace and thanked us for the story.
For just plain fun. Covering the Ohio State Buckeyes game from the sidelines when they beat Michigan at the Horseshoe before going on to win the National Championship was spectacular.
Awards/Honors: Several Awards from the Ohio and Indiana Associated Press for News Reporting / Press Club of Cleveland Award
Favorite Sports Team(s): Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavs and Buckeyes
Favorite Music: Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown Band and The Rat Pack.
Favorite Movie: The Natural
Favorite Program: Ice Road Truckers, Last Man Standing, Modern Family, Bomb Patrol Afghanistan, Good Luck Charlie, College Football.
Favorite Book:Books by Robert Ludlum
Favorite Foods: Pizza, Lasagna, Ribs, Catfish, Lake Erie Walleye, Lake Erie Perch at the American Slovak Club in Lorain, the original Lawsons Chip Dip which you can still buy locally, grilling out and my wife is a really good cook! I also love going out to breakfast with my family.
My passion: Spending time with my family.
Hobbies & Interests: Family time, golf, and working or hanging out in the yard anytime of year.
Hidden Talent(s): Playing Darts and Chess, I was on the baseball and chess team at Lorain Catholic High School.
Something most people don't know about me: I've covered many blizzards and wild weather in Cleveland, but I also covered Hurricane Isabel for our sister station WMAR TV in Baltimore. I stood outside for 15 hours of coverage while 100 mph winds slammed into the east coast blowing pine trees down I-95 and shearing off transformers that exploded in the night sky, it was amazing. It was a category 5 at sea but hit as a one, which was still very dangerous.
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: The change of seasons, I love every season here because there's so much to do outside. And I love Lake Erie.
You're most likely to see me around town at: Breakfast with my family or out in the yard.
On the weekends I love to: Spend time with my family and do anything outside.