Awards and Professional Experience:
2019 South Carolina Reporter of the Year: STAR Awards, South Carolina Association of Broadcasting
2019 Award for Best Investigative Story (Uncovering CCSD porn and molestation cases): Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas Awards
2019 Fellowship Recipient: The Knight TV Data Fellowship from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
2018 Scholarship Recipient: Training under Stanford University’s Open Policing Project
Georgia AP Award for Best Investigative Journalism after a series of reports about a juvenile who was brutally murdered in jail.
Georgia Association of Broadcasters Merit Award for Best Feature Story for a special report with legendary UGA football coach (and gardening enthusiast) Vince Dooley.
News Reporter & Fill-In Anchor – WRDW-TV News 12 in Augusta, GA.
News Reporter & Fill-In Consumer and Investigative Reporter - WGHP-TV Fox8 News in Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C.
Degrees in Broadcast News Journalism and English Literature from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!
I believe in the power of our industry’s potential to make communities better. We can speak up for people who need help; we can use our broad reach to make a difference. Investigative Journalism and accountability stories must fuel local and national news so journalists are trusted and respected. At the end of the day, I hope people find my stories interesting and fair to all sides involved.
I’m from Lawrenceville, Georgia, a great suburb of Atlanta. I went to school in Snellville, Georgia, “Where everybody’s somebody!” In High School I participated in theater, newspaper and Key Club.
I’m married to the sweetest, most supportive man in the world. Nick and I married in Charleston in 2017. His family is from Michigan. Brrrr.
My Mom and brother followed us to the Lowcountry- who can blame them?! Mom is a retired English teacher and high school administrator. My Dad is a retired firefighter and paramedic, and my stepmom is a middle school teacher. Our family is very close; we love to laugh, eat and tell stories.
Hobbies & Interests:
I love cooking, especially southern foods. We love to travel, and try to make it to a UGA football game every year. One of our favorite trips was to Ireland. Nick and I enjoy hiking and being near the water, whether that’s a lake, ocean or pool! I’ve loved cats since I was a baby and am known as the newsroom cat lady. We have a gray Tabby named Mr. Bingley and a Bluetick Coonhound rescue named Trix.
My husband and I are volunteer leaders with Make-A-Wish South Carolina. As Wish Granters, we get to meet kids with critical illnesses and help them dream up their wishes. It’s amazing!
My cat, Mr. Bingley, reflects my love for Jane Austen and classic literature. I also love watching British history shows and anything about space or aliens.
Likes Best About the Lowcountry:
My cat’s name, Mr. Bingley, reflects my love for Jane Austen and most classic literature, especially Pride and Prejudice. I mostly read crime and murder mysteries and listen to any true crime podcast I can get my ears on. I also love watching history shows and anything about space and aliens. We listen to a good bit of country music and hope to go to more concerts here in Charleston!
Most interesting assignment:
My favorites thrills include covering Hurricane Arthur in the Outer Banks and going undercover with the Greensboro, N.C. Police Department for a prostitution sting.
My favorite interview was with former UGA football coach Vince Dooley for a special report on his passion for gardening.
Uncovering and continuing to cover the Marvin Gethers case in Charleston has been my longest series of stories, and I hope it’s given the victims in that case the help they deserve.