"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman," said former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lois Brandeis.
It’s a simple sentence that sums up our see as my duty as a journalists. We’re here to shine a light on problems that need to be solved.
Since joining Fox 4 in 2015 it's been gratifying to see the many results of our stories that helped right wrongs.
During the pandemic, we’ve helped many who had been waiting months to get unemployment checks due to them. The delays were the result of an overloaded system, combined with contracted companies who were unable to help the people who needed it most. At this writing, we are covering legislative efforts to help improve the system.
An investigation in 2019 exposed an alarming new apartment towing practice, that left apartment residents feeling targeted. Our investigation showed viewers how they can challenge illegal tows.
In 2017 we exposed a broken system within Dallas Animal Services that was failing to investigate and prosecute animal abuse cases in Dallas. The investigation featured dozens of unsolved cases involving dead animals, including one with a dog whose throat was deeply cut, yet no one agency was tracking the cases. Out of 4,000 reports of cruelty, only 11 made it to the District Attorney for prosecution. Since the investigation, the Dallas Police Department has added an animal cruelty unit. The story was honored with awards from the National Press Club and Dallas Bar Association.
Another report exposed a superintendent was living in a $700,000 house bought with tax dollars. The school district spent $125,000 tax dollars to renovate the house, without getting approval from the school board. Our reports led to the school district launching its own investigation. The school board later removed the home from the Superintendent’s contract.
It was eye opening to report on the devastation left behind in Houston after Hurricane Harvey in 2017, but it was also inspiring to see the grit and generosity of Texans in the wake of the storm.
Before moving back to my home state of Texas, I was a reporter 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 one million tax dollars to build a development that it never built.
Another investigation, revealed how easy it was to buy illegal drugs right off the shelves at an Orange County store. After our report, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office raided the store, and pressed charges against the owner.
Before Orlando, I was a reporter 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 in the mortgage banking business. And since he also has a passion for the news, he often helps me crunch numbers and wade through budgets, and public expense reports.
At this writing in 2021, we have a 7 year-old son, two daughters ages 4 and 1, and another baby girl on the way! We love going to church as a family, spending time at the Dallas Arboretum, and taking vacations at the beach or mountains. We also love cheering on the Rangers, Mavs, Cowboys, and of course our Trojans! But the greatest show…watching our kids play sports, gymnastics, and ballet.
The proposed Dallas road construction fee would raise the price of a single-family home by $4,200 while the fee for a new shopping center would top $100,000.
In Dallas, only 60 percent of 911 calls are answered within the goal of 10 seconds. Best practice is for 90 percent of calls to be answered in that time frame.
State health officials said the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not impact the availability of the vaccine, due to increases in doses.
Experts say ERCOT should be able to handle generators going offline for maintenance on a mild spring day. And the fact that the state inched so close to needing to have blackouts Tuesday is a sign of the bad shape the grid is in.
The bills discussed dealt with secondary policy issues that arose -- like not being able to work because there is no school or childcare and excusing people from accepting jobs that are unsafe.
Animal advocates are now urging the judge in the case to keep him from getting or being around other animals when he's released.
The Dallas Police Department is thanking the community for tips that led to the arrest of a man who they say tortured and killed two puppies.
With just less than nine weeks to go in the school year, four out of ten DISD seniors are not ready to graduate.
A survey released this week by Zillow found that one in ten Americans moved during the pandemic and many chose to move across the country. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the top spots for those moves.
The company that handles the shots says 31 people under the age of 18 received doses that are only approved for adults. City and county leaders are working to make sure it does not happen again.