SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --I opened for comedian Margaret Cho. Dolly Parton sang a duet with me. I was Chuck E. Cheese.
Somewhere between those things I spent nearly two decades reporting the news. And in those years I learned to lead with your best material. So, I'll start with Margaret.
I took a stand-up comedy class that ended with a show in front of family and friends. When I walked in the door, Margaret Cho was there. I was stunned and told her I was about to do my graduation set and she said, "Oh, I know. I'm going to perform right after you." She took pity on me and laughed at my jokes. It was the best $5 cover my friends ever spent.
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As for Dolly Parton, I met her while anchoring CNN.com Live. In my years at CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, I had the chance to witness history unfold in front of me. I anchored CNN/ Facebook coverage of President Obama's inauguration. I reported live on campus from Virginia Tech after the country's deadliest school shooting. I took part in CNN International's coverage of the Arab Spring uprising and the Japanese Tsunami.
And then, there was Dolly. She surprised me live on the air by suggesting we end our interview with a duet. I will never do anything cooler than singing 'Islands in The Stream' with Dolly Parton.
Before Margaret and Dolly, I was a student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. That led me to a reporting and anchoring career that started in Green Bay, Wisconsin and took me to Milwaukee, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Portland and finally San Francisco.
Oh, and as for Chuck E. Cheese, he helped me earn some money in high school by letting me serve pizza to kids at their birthday parties. And , yes, sometimes I got to get in the rat suit. I'm 6'4 so it's as awkward as it sounds.
If this journalism thing doesn't work out, I still know all the words to the Chuck E. birthday song. Until then, I'll see you on ABC7 Mornings.
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