"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 delta variant is causing a huge pediatric surge that is similar to November 2020, right before the massive spike at Christmas time. Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth is reporting case numbers at rates not seen since February. While the numbers are small compared with the population, it is the increase that has doctors concerned.
The meteor was seen at about 8:56 p.m. in the sky over North Texas and had a very bright flash at one point.
People in a West Dallas neighborhood near Trinity Groves are fed up with the loud noises coming from a nearby concrete plant. It turns out the plant has been operating without a permit for more than a year and a half.
Huge changes are in the works to fix the Texas power grid, but real change will take years. In the meantime, ERCOT says it has things under control to keep up with the demand this summer starting with the record demand anticipated next week.
The new law enhances punishment against fentanyl dealers in Texas with 15 years to life in prison.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson wants the city manager to add more police officers to next year's budget and salary increases. He says the current budget would actually cause the police force to shrink by not hiring enough officers to replace those that leave.
Late Sunday evening, Garland ISD acknowledged for the first time that the EPA has alerted the district of a potential environmental hazard. The hazard is related to the Globe-Union battery manufacturing plant. The EPA found elevated levels of lead near the banks of a creek outside the fence of Park Crest Elementary.
A change to the Texas Legislature quorum rules would take more than a vote by lawmakers -- it would also require Texans to vote.
The standoff hit day four on Thursday, with Texas Democrats vowing not to leave D.C. despite House Speaker Phelan offering to send a plane to pick up the lawmakers this weekend.
It's the third day of the Democrats’ dramatic escape from Austin, in what Texas Republicans would call a desertion.