"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 Texas Supreme Court dismissed a request by Governor Greg Abbott to rule on the case, until it goes through the proper channels first.
Councilmembers are furious that four months went by without the city manager notifying them about the massive loss of data. In the end, many of them learned of the breach through the news.
Biden said since masks are the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among children, school districts who want to require masks should not be blocked by state leaders.
Dallas ISD and Frisco ISD are among the districts that are seeing fewer students than they hoped as the 2021-22 school year has gotten underway.
It was a very special first day of school for a Midlothian kindergartener who looks a little different. Last week, his mom made a plea for kindness that has sparked an outpouring of support.
COVID-19 is not just causing a shortage of critical care nurses. Parkland Hospital says there is also a statewide shortage of labor and delivery nurses. The hospital that’s known to be one of the busiest in the nation for the number of babies delivered has to rely on other North Texas hospitals to help. And many of them are also experiencing shortages.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins quickly issued a mask mandate after Tuesday’s court victory over Gov. Greg Abbott. However, the governor and the attorney general have already appealed the ruling.
There was a lot back and forth over the overtime budget last year, leading to a vocal fight between the mayor and some city council members. Turns out last year's controversial cut to police overtime never became a reality.
The results of the crime reduction plan so far in Dallas -- a more than 7 percent drop in violent crime citywide.
Masks were definitely effective at keeping kids healthier. But now with so many masks off, there is not much immunity against typical seasonal viruses. That may be causing viruses to spread faster than normal.