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
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.
Two churches are coming together once again to address the racial divide in America. Independence Hill Baptist Church is a predominately white church. Jonahville AME Zion Church is a predominately black church.
Charlotte Community leaders are speaking out about what changes have been made since the last time large protests happened in Charlotte. Four years ago people took to the streets to voice their frustrations over the police shooting and killing Keith Lamont Scott.
There is local reaction concerning headlines involving encounters with African American men. In New York a white woman called police on a black man who was bird watching. She accused the man of threatening her when video shows he was not.
Parents voiced frustration on the CMS Facebook page, concerned about their planned vacations and the inconsistency of the new calendar. CMS would start school on 17 and then the next week they would be out of school doing remote learning.
She is holding on to the last words she heard from her father. They were to remain an entrepreneur and to keep making a difference. She now has advice for other families who are dealing with silence during this pandemic.