Posted Jul 27 2015 04:06PM CDT
Updated Jul 31 2015 01:35PM CDT
I was born and raised in New Orleans, the son of a world-traveling sea captain. It wasn't difficult to develop a thirst for knowledge of world and local events.
My own adventures began immediately after high school. I spent 4-1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force in a Civil Engineering Squadron. Two of those years were spent in Europe at Rhein Main Air Base Germany. While there I canvassed some 14 countries, and I even got a look behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany and Czechoslvakia.
In 1984, I went from the Alps to the Rockies, accepting an assignment at the U.S. Air Force Academy. It was there I realized "Man's flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge." I don't remember who said that, but it impressed me at the time and still does. In 1987, I left a promising military career to pursue journalism at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
I graduated LSU in 1991 after completing an internship at CNN's political unit in Washington, DC. I got my first "real" start in TV news in Hattiesburg, MS. My hats then were many. I anchored, reported, wrote, shot video, edited and produced. Several months later, I was promoted to state-wide correspondent and Bureau Chief for Mississippi News Tonight. The first state-wide newscast in Mississippi proved to be a risky venture. It folded in just under a year.
After the Mississippi experience, I accepted an anchor/reporter position in Beaumont. From there I went to KNOE in northern Louisiana where I plowed a fertile field of news for two years. After winning a series of state-wide awards for anchoring and reporting, I traveled back south again. Working for WAFB in Baton Rouge put me back on familiar territory in the Louisiana's capital city. While there I chased hurricanes on the ground and in the air with the U.S. Air Force. There you can't help but cover a multitude of plant explosions, storms, and crime scenes, mixed in with other stories that included the state legislature.
In April of 1997, I came here to KDFW, better known as FOX 4 News. I was lured by the station's strong commitment to news. My first taste of North Texas news was covering the story of several Klansmen threatening to blow up half of Wise County just to rob a local bank. That was followed by Rick McLaren and The Republic of Texas standoff in West Texas, and the so-called "rohypnol rapist".
Coming to North Texas was a welcome opportunity for me professionally and personally. Dallas is my mother's birthplace, and I still have a slew of family here, including seven first-cousins in the Metroplex alone. I am very much considering calling this my home for life.
Email me at email@example.com.