Education: BA in English, Virginia State University
Career: Started out as a one-man band for station WJWJ in Beaufort, SC. I shot and edited all my stories. I was a reporter and fill-in anchor there.
Several years later I relocated back to Washington, DC. I worked for Newschannel 8, DC's only 24-hour cable news station. I started out as a photographer, then I eventually moved up to reporter. It was very exciting and intense working in DC. I reported during George W. Bush's first presidential inauguration, the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the Washington area sniper incidents, and when the serial arsonist was on the loose.
After staying at Newschannel 8 for six years, it was time for a change. There was a reporter position open at WBTV I went for it and I got it. I started at WBTV in November, 2003 and have been loving the journey. I am beginning to wake and sing the song "Nothin' Could Be Finer Than to be in Carolina in the Morning."
Honors: 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Award for a series entitled the "Troubled Ten." In the series, I highlighted the ten lowest-performing high schools in CMS and told viewers what each principal was going to do to boost academic achievement.
Beat: Education with a focus on CMS
Hobbies: Playing violin, learning ways to better myself and spending time with family
About 1700 needy families in Charlotte received their Easter meal on Monday. This is an annual event sponsored by Hendrick Automotive, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Activities League and Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS).
The company that is helping with affordable housing in Charlotte is also helping small businesses survive during this pandemic. LISC has partnered with Verizon to offer local minority small businesses up at a $10,000 grant.
SREE Hotel management based in Charlotte is helping its employees get through a rough patch. COVID-19 has hit the hospitality industry hard. One in nine people who work in Charlotte are employed in the hospitality industry.
Small Businesses in North Carolina will definitely take a hit because of the stay at home order Governor Roy Cooper made Friday. It will go into effect in North Carolina on Monday and last for 30 days.
Patel Brothers Store in Pineville has been busy for the past few weeks. It is an Indian grocery store that specializes in herbs, spices, vegetables, beans and other items. On Friday there was a steady crowd of people because the store will shut down for 10 days because of COVID-19.
Some families have been struggling to keep a roof over top of their heads during the COVID-19 crisis. They were facing eviction. Local agencies have stepped in and provided about $200,000 to keep them in place.
Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) officially starts online learning next week. Nearly 150,000 students will connect with their schools remotely. School leaders say the district is ready but some community advocates are concerned.
Charlotte - Mecklenburg School bus drivers are wondering about getting a paycheck while school is closed. Because of COVID-19 CMS and other school districts are closed to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) says next week teachers will provide online supplemental learning opportunities for students. Parents say this is welcome news as they are now forced to teach their children from home.
Many elderly people are housed in nursing facilities and many can no longer see their relatives face to face because of COVID-19. Nursing facilities have either suspended or shortened visiting hours because the senior population is vulnerable to the Coronavirus.
Bus drivers started Monday disinfecting school buses. There have been no reports of CMS students or staff with coronavirus riding on the school bus, but district officials thought is was best to have the buses cleaned.
The Relatives is an organization that helps young people from the age of 7 to 17 who are in tough situations. It helps youth and young adults move from crisis to stability and independence. Amber Graves came to The Relatives when she was 16 years old.
Three Charlotte Universities are teaming up to support racial healing and transformation. Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), Queens University, and UNC Charlotte have been selected to receive a $20,000 grant to involve students in this assignment.
Qualifications are simple. The applicant has to be a U.S. citizen, responsible for the energy bill, income below 130 percent of federal poverty level, have savings at or below $2,250 and you don’t have to be behind in your power bill.
Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey was in Charlotte Friday for her Vision 2020 Wellness Tour. She is on a nine-city tour telling people the importance of being healthy when it comes to their mind, body and soul.
Neighbors in University Park Community off Beatties Ford Road say they are approached regularly by people who want to buy their homes. They say this is due to gentrification. They claim people want to come and buy their homes for less so they can turn a profit.