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
Local colleges are stepping up to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. UNC- Charlotte, Johnson & Wales University, and Wingate University are providing free testing before students head back home for Thanksgiving.
Pew Research shows the number of Black voters who were eligible to vote in Election 2020 was 30 million people. That is a record high. Locally there are about 1.5 million Black voters in North Carolina
On Election Day 2020 a group called Lawyers and Collars sent ministers to polls in Mecklenburg County and around the country to keep an eye on things. They were called Poll Chaplains. The assignment was to team lawyers and preachers up to report possible issues and keep the peace.
The Black Church Action Fund founded in 2017 is on a mission to reach African American voters this election season. The organization has created a Souls to the Polls bus to help voters navigate the polls and handle voting irregularities or voter intimidation.
Charlotte Community Leaders are responding to the CMPD releasing the video of Harold Easter dying while in police custody. Officials say Easter was in the interrogation room experiencing a medical emergency and no officer saw it.
Jacob Blake, Sr. will participate in a peace rally on Sunday at Romare Bearden Park to honor his son. The peace rally is happening on the fourth anniversary of the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.
Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) teachers are banding together to create and sell T-shirts to help students get connected. The district says at the beginning of this school year more than 16,000 households with a CMS student in it lacked connectivity.
There are about 4,000 homeless students in Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) District. The remote learning has become a challenge for those students. About 20 homeless students are getting shelter at Harvest Center Charlotte.
Community leader Dee Rankin is concerned the stories of African Americans are not being shared in certain Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) classrooms. The CMS Equity Committee member and Education Chair of the Charlotte Black Political Caucus met with school leaders about the new Language Arts c
The National Urban League released a report called “The 2020 State of Black America, Unmasked.” The report outlines how Blacks are doing when it comes to healthcare, economics, education, social justice, and civil engagement. National Urban League CEO Marc Morial calls it a crisis.
There's a new principal at Ardrey Kell High School this school year. Jamie Brooks takes over at a time when there have been multiple racial incidents that have happened at the school since the school opened 10 years ago.
North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is ready for teachers voices to be heard as politicians come up with plans to reopen schools. The organization will hold a call Wednesday night called SOS: Our Schools, Our Safety, Our Say!!!
Parents are responding to the reassignment of the principal of Ardrey Kell High School David Switzer. Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) conducted an investigation concerning racial incidents that have happened at the school while Switzer was the principal.
The new owner of the Excelsior Club is looking for a dream team of Black Architects to help redevelop the historic establishment. The club has remained empty for several years, now the owner - Darius Anderson - wants to turn the club into a boutique hotel and other creative space.
The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association is talking about race. The association wanted to have a discussion that could help neighbors understand better the life of Blacks who live in Plaza Midwood and surrounding areas.