Ron started out his broadcasting career over three decades ago in his hometown of San Diego, California at KNSD-TV. Just days into the job, he found himself pinned down taking cover behind police cars while officers and a gunman exchanged fire.
Two years later, Ron took a job across the street at KFMB-TV as a sound technician and later promoted to news photographer, learning the tricks of the trade from some of the best in the business.
Ron made the jump to the east coast when he accepted a position in Columbia, South Carolina, working for WIS-TV. Years later, he was offered a position at the ABC affiliate in Charlotte as a photojournalist in 1993. It was there Ron covered such news events as the crash of a DC-9 at Charlotte/Douglas International, and the tragic story of the Susan Smith trial in Union, South Carolina.
Wanting to expand his experiences, Ron accepted a job as the Chief Photographer in Charleston, South Carolina, at WCIV-TV NewsChannel 4. That position put him in charge of training the next generation of reporters and photographers where he spent three years.
Then in 1998, he came back to Charlotte to work for WBTV, where he’s been for over 20 years. Starting as a news photographer, he rose through the ranks working his way into a management position, then eventually into an on-air reporting position. Some of Ron’s most notable stories included covering the attacks on the towers in New York on 9/11 and the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
Most recently, Ron has hit the speaking circuit, going all across the country training bloggers and video journalists techniques to improve their craft. On his off time, Ron is an avid motorcycle rider making the yearly trek to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the Black Hills Rally.
He also works with several animal rescue groups fostering dogs hoping to find them forever homes.
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