I love being a journalist, and consider it an honor that people trust me to tell their stories. I believe in original reporting and compelling storytelling. Each day, I make every effort to dig for the truth, be a voice for the voiceless, share inspiring stories and lead the newscast with breaking news.
I am a North Texas native! I grew up in McKinney, Texas with my parents and twin brothers, and graduated as president of the first class at McKinney Boyd High School. I received a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, where I was honored to be named the top collegiate news anchor in the country by the Broadcast Education Association, and received the highest student honor from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. I also studied journalism abroad in London and Paris at CNN International, Sky News, BBC, The Guardian and more.
My professional career began at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas, where I broke the story of a boy battling cancer, whose health coverage was canceled mid-treatment due to changes under the Affordable Care Act, and covered the final death penalty appeal for a convicted quadruple killer, one of the longest-serving inmates on Texas' death row.
I continued my career at KOTV News On 6 in Tulsa, where I did more than 50 stories on allegations of misconduct at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, which resulted in a grand jury investigation of the department. The extensive reporting on the sheriff's office was recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow award and an Emmy nomination for continuing coverage. I also worked with investigative journalists at The Frontier to report on dangerous oilfield trucks on Oklahoma roads and a decades-long practice of Tulsa Police officers buying rank.
I have also gone live for the CBS Evening News to report on devastating floods in Oklahoma.
Since joining the FOX 4 team, I have covered the Dallas Police Ambush Shootings and traveled to Central Texas to cover the deadliest hot air balloon crash in United States history. I will never forget reporting live at police headquarters the night of the Dallas police shooting, as people started showing up to pay their respects to the fallen officers.
When I’m not reporting, I am shopping, trying new restaurants, reading, watching crime shows, spending time with my family and friends or planning my next world travel!
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A 17-year-old is in jail accused of murdering a 3-month-old baby.
Dallas police say a man fired more than a dozen shots near the Dallas Zoo late Sunday, hitting a minivan and causing it to crash.
A Midlothian city council member died after an 18-wheeler jumped a median and struck him.
There are more than a thousand Airbnb and other short-term rentals in the city of Dallas, but only a third of the hosts are doing it legally.
An Ellis County college student is taking strides in her recovery after spending a month in intensive care.
The Dallas City Council approved $9 million for firefighter safety.
A rescue dog without his two front legs was in need of something to help him get around.
Tonya McClary was chosen after a months-long search and starts work later this month. She believes the climate is ripe for change and people recognize something needs to happen and she hopes to be that solution.
According to the DA, judges see an offender's criminal history when deciding a bond amount, but might not receive all the specifics of the crime they are accused of, unless they contact the DA's office, or a prosecutor is present.