Coming back to the Peoria area has been like coming home for me. Although I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, both of my parents are from Central Illinois (Groveland and Green Valley.) As a result, most of my holidays, winter breaks, and summers were spent here visiting grandparents and extended family. And the area has continued to pull me back, again and again!
First, I attended nearby Monmouth College and interned at WHOI while still in school. Upon graduation I worked at WGEM in Quincy before returning to anchor the morning news for a different Peoria station. And, finally, after stints anchoring at KCCI in Des Moines, IA and WTVD in Raleigh, NC I heeded the call to return, yet again.
This time, I came with the hopes of putting down roots to raise my own children. My husband and I are the proud parents of 2 girls who are our whole world, and “pet parents” to a dog and cat, both shelter rescues. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, running, cooking, cheering on the Cubs, and drinking coffee. I’m also a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and enjoy assisting various charitable causes throughout Central Illinois.
Highlights of my career have included interviewing former Cub Mark Grace, President Barack Obama, flying with the Blue Angels, covering Hurricane Irene for Network News, and more. Since returning to Central Illinois, I’ve been honored to have my work recognized with several awards, including in the AP categories of Best Newswriter Best Newscast, and Best Feature Story.
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