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
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden tells WBTV he has been talking to the Sheriff responsible for Minneapolis about expectations of the verdict involving former police officer Derek Chauvin. McFadden says he has spoken to Sheriff David Hutchinson about five times.
Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson says infill stations are needed. He says with Charlotte growing existing fire stations get overwhelmed. He says there are more than 311 square miles the Charlotte Fire department has to protect.
Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) will welcome back more than 87,000 students to the classrooms Monday, April, 12th. Elementary, Middle, and High School students will return to in-person learning four days a week instead of two days a week.
WBTV recently sat down with a group of people who are not ready to take the COVID vaccine. We talked to four people - three were reluctant and one received both shots and encouraged others to take the shot.
The Pastor of First Baptist Church West - Dr. Ricky Woods - says the method that local Charlotte Black churches are using to get vaccines to their church members is working. The method is so successful it is catching on.
The owners of No Grease Knights of the Razor Barbershop in South Park Mall are waiting to hear from mall management about the next steps. South Park Mall Management suddenly terminated the temporary lease agreement of the barbershop.
Graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) were beaming with pride and joy Tuesday during the Presidential Inauguration for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris is a graduate of Howard University located in Washington, DC.
WBTV is continuing the work to help tear down the technology divide in Mecklenburg County. WBTV will partner again with E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) for Collect to Connect. It will take place Tuesday, January 12th at NC Music Factory from Noon to 6 PM.
Ninth graders at Providence Day School are on a special assignment. They have spent two days looking through donated computers helping them get ready for students who are in need of a computer during remote learning.
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.