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
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.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg was in Uptown Charlotte Sunday to open up his first field office for his 2020 Presidential campaign. Bloomberg got into the race just a few weeks ago.
Fifth Third Bank Foundation announced grant winners for its Strengthening Our Communities Fund. Fifth Third Bank handed out $200,000 in grant money Friday at the Mint Museum. The money went to local non profits that focus on affordable housing, financial stability, and small business development.
CNN’s political commentator Van Jones was in Charlotte Monday night to talk about Raise the Age Legislation. Raise the Age states people at the age of 16 and 17 will no longer be charged as adults. They will now be prosecuted as juveniles. Many believe this new law will make a difference.
One local couple says their vacation was ruined and they did their best to get their money back. They got the state involved and pleaded their case with their credit card company and banking institutions. They were fortunate to get about 80% of their money back.
Healthy Churches 2020 Conference is back in Charlotte. The organization "The Balm in Gilead" is hosting the event. Founder Pernessa Seele says she established the organization more than 30 years ago to educate people on the AIDS epidemic. The mission has grown to include Black churches.
An 87 year old veteran claims he was taken advantage of. John Phillips claims he needed his concrete driveway re-done and smoothed out. He says Nathaniel Murphy from Nate's Home Repair came to his front door and offered to do the job.
Raise the Age legislation will become law throughout North Carolina on December 1, 2019. North Carolina is one of the last states to enact raise the age. Leaders at Council for Children’s Rights want to spread the word about it so people in the community can know what to expect.
Before Oprah’s January visit, she participated in WBTV’s Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul. The conversation aired Thursday October 24th. Oprah told WBTV’s Dedrick Russell for some people acquiring and maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul comes with time.
WBTV presents an all new Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body and Soul. It will provide steps for people to live healthier lifestyles. A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows less than 3% of Americans live healthy.
Mecklenburg School Board (CMS) is one step closer to establishing an Office of Compliance and Transparency. This new office will provide CMS the oversight needed to make sure the district stays above the law.
WBTV's Veteran Reporter Steve Crump was honored Saturday as Educator of the Year. The Post Foundation chose Crump because his award winning documentaries and stories not only educate but enlighten the community.
A signature fundraising event for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was held Saturday in Charlotte at the Westin. It was a sold out event. More than 1000 people gathered to raise money to support students who attend an Historically Black College and University (HBCU's).
There is a new business in town that targets your spine. Dr. Darryll Williams has been a chiropractor for about 10 years. He says he thought of this business when some of his customers were missing their appointments.
Reconnect, Reconcile, Reclaim, and Rebuild are the words used to describe an international conference that's happening in Charlotte. The Park Church is hosting the R400 conference. The conference comes on the 400th anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) spent some time at Johnson C. Smith University for an Entrepreneurial Summit. It was the first of its kind event at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The SBA is targeting HBCU’s to create more business owners.
Terae Hill says he has flipped about 100 homes since he's been here in Charlotte. He says flipping homes is lucrative. Hill says he has already targeted 14 homes to flip for a profit. He says he was ready to proceed with his mission until a divine intervention interrupted his plans.