“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman,” said Justice Louis Brandeis.
It’s a simple sentence that sums up what I see as my duty as a journalist. We’re here to shine a light on problems that need to be solved.
After we shine the light, it is gratifying seeing the results that help get things back on track.
Before moving back to my home state of Texas, I was blessed to play the flashlight role at WFTV-TV in Orlando, Florida. While there, many of my reports focused on areas where the government could better serve its citizens. I exposed that the city gave a company until 2034 to repay taxpayers nearly $1 million, interest-free, after its development failed. Another report exposed a secret deal where the city paid a developer $300,000, even though he left the city with an empty lot. And the Orange County Sheriff’s Office busted a store for allegedly selling illegal drugs off the shelves, after we showed how easy it was to buy it. I also discovered that moving a soccer stadium one block would actually cost taxpayers $15 million, not the $4 million the Mayor originally told the public.
Before Orlando, I worked for WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, and KCOY-TV, in Santa Barbara County, California.
I received a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California. Fight On Trojans!
I’m married to my college sweetheart. He is a financial aid manager at UT Dallas. Since he has a Master’s in finance, and a passion for the news, he often helps me wade through budgets, and public expense reports.
We have an energetic toddler. His first words were “uh-oh” and “Amen!” We are still working on “Go Trojans!” He loves apples, teddy bears, and the Texas Rangers!
We’re looking forward to cheering on the Cowboys, and the Mavericks.