“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.
Since joining Fox 4 in 2015 it's been gratifying to see the many results of our stories that help get things back on track.
One of my investigations exposed a broken system within Dallas Animal Services that was failing to track complaints from residents. One result of the broken system: an estimated 9,000 loose dogs in Dallas. The story was honored with awards from the National Press Club and Dallas Bar Association.
Another report exposed a school district spent $125,000 taxpayer dollars to renovate a house its superintendent is living in, without getting approval from the school board. Our reports led to the school district launching its own investigation which is still underway at this writing.
Most recently, it's been difficult to cover the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey. But it's also been remarkable to see the strength and grit of Texans. #TexasTough
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 one million tax dollars to build a development that it never built.
In another investigation, we showed 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 busted the store.
I also discovered moving a soccer stadium one block would have cost taxpayers 15 million dollars. Not the four million dollars 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 works 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 a 3-year-old and 1-year-old who keep us on our toes. We love going to church as a family, spending time at the Dallas Arboretum, taking vacations at the beach, and cheering on the Rangers, Mavs, Cowboys, and of course our Trojans!
People in Southeast Oak Cliff are sounding the alarm about plans to put a charter school on the campus of Paul Quinn College.
Now that Texas is leaving it up to parents to decide whether to return to school or continue with a virtual education, many parents are struggling to decide which decision is best for their child.
The Dallas ISD superintendent says the August back-to-school start time is in jeopardy.
Even though the Texas Education Agency released guidelines about the return to school, some North Texas parents say they're still struggling with the decision whether to let their kids return to a classroom or keep them online.
Six Dallas County cities are looking into some of the ideas pushed in the national movement demanding to "defund police."
The Fourth of July will be celebrated much differently this year than in the past, with the largest fireworks show in North Texas moved online.
While many people are looking forward to the Fourth of July weekend, doctors and nurses are looking at it with a sense of dread.
Vice President Mike Pence will visit the coronavirus hotspots of Texas, Florida, and Arizona next week to get what he calls ground reports on the state of the pandemic.
Dallas city councilmembers are concerned about a deal that puts money reserved for the most impoverished residents at risk of funding a four-star hotel.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson unveiled a new resource for small and mid-sized businesses on Tuesday to help them navigate the coronavirus pandemic.