As a kid, I probably watched too much television. But all that time in front of the tube did yield at least one benefit: It helped me figure out what to do for a living!
I've always considered myself lucky that I'm allowed to tell stories using pictures, sound, and whatever creativity I can muster. And I'm especially thankful that back in 2000, my career path led me to North Texas, and Fox4.
If you get up early, you can see me reporting for the Good Day show, both hard news and features. The variety of assignments I get definitely keeps the job interesting. I also serve as anchor on Fox4 News at Noon, and Sunday nights, I do an interview segment called "Fox4ward".
I grew up in Southern California, in a town called Calabasas. I spent a lot of summer days at nearby Zuma Beach, not actually surfing, but hoping to give that impression.
I developed an interest in mass media early on, and figured UCLA would be the right place to go to college. It was a great experience, and after graduating, I eventually took a job as a weekend cameraman at a station in Santa Maria, California. (That's about an hour north of Santa Barbara.) It was there I picked up the basics of electronic news gathering, eventually becoming a reporter and weekend anchor.
In 1992, I took a job in Fresno, in the heart of California's vast Central Valley, and stuck around there until landing my current job at Fox 4. I was instantly impressed by this station's commitment to news, and the caliber of the people who work here.
The icing on the cake: A few years back, I met a wonderful woman named Kimberly, at an event in Downtown Dallas. And to my eternal good fortune, we ended up getting married! So there's no doubt, North Texas for me has been a fantastic place, both personally and professionally.
If you ever want to drop me a note, here's a great way to reach me: email@example.com.
It's an organization making a huge impact, for thousands of people in need around North Texas. Volunteers with The Sai Center of Dallas welcome everyone, and their philosophy of reaching out, will give everybody a boost. Dan Godwin has this week's Fox4ward.
Spectators lined the parade route on Monday morning for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in South Dallas.
Fort Worth firefighters found two victims when they pulled a pickup truck out of the Trinity River early Friday morning.
It's music that seems to find a whole new audience, with each succeeding generation. Later this month, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will devote three nights of concerts, to the world's most famous rock band. Dan Godwin has this Fox4ward.
The Dallas Cowboys area ready to make the changes needed to turn the team into contenders again. The first big step – the team reportedly signed former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy as head coach.
It's a very nice place to dine, with a delicious menu. One thing that sets this restaurant apart: customers "pay what they can". And after two years, the concept is working. Dan Godwin has a look, in this Fox4ward.
Thousands of fans packed the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park for the annual NHL Winter Classic. It’s the first time the game has been played in Dallas and the first time this far south in the country.
A Granbury woman is hoping her first novel is an entertaining read, but she also wants it to be a source of strength, for others sharing her struggle. It's a psychological thriller, about a woman trying to cope with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Dan Godwin has this Fox4ward.
Keith Kinnunen, 43, had been arrested multiple times in North Texas and other states. He was known to church leaders after he visited West Freeway Church of Christ several times.
Tony Wallace, 64, was a deacon at the church and had just handed out communion at the time of the shooting. Richard White was one of the two security guards and was drawing his weapon when he was hit.