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
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.
Many people showed up at the Black Men United Rally on Wednesday. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Mark Jerrell organized the event at Marshall Park. He says since there are many African American male leaders in Charlotte - things should be better for black males.
A petition has been created to keep Ardrey Kell High School principal David Switzer on the job. It has more than 3,000 signatures. The petition comes after another petition was created asking for Switzer to resign.
Former Ardrey Kell High School students have started a petition to ask for the resignation of the principal David Switzer They say the constant racial incidents that have happened at the school down through the years is reason for new leadership.
Ardrey Kell High School students gathered Monday to repaint the school rock that was vandalized over the weekend. The rock highlighted the Black Lives Matter movement and had names of people who died at the hands of police. The investigation continues.