I grew up in San Jose and loved playing and watching sports. My family bonded over cheering for the Warriors, A's, Sharks and Cowboys. I played all sports growing including swimming, football and basketball to name a few. While I didn't quite have the skills to be a professional athlete, I knew very early on that I wanted to be in the spotlight. From performing made-up routines for my family in the living room, to emceeing my school's talent show as a kindergartner, I never shied away from the stage.
I got my first taste of broadcasting at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose. In my senior year, I took journalism to get out of having to take a third year of science. It turned out to be the best thing I ever did. I anchored the Wednesday morning broadcast and realized this is what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I perfected my craft at San Jose State University and began my professional career after my Fall graduation.
I never wanted to leave the Bay Area, this is home. But in this business, I learned if you want to be on TV, you go be on TV. I took that advice to heart and moved to the opposite side of the country to little Wilmington, NC to become a multi-media journalist for WWAY news. I was quickly thrust into the news world where I covered Hurricane Matthew, a Black Panther Party protest, a Donald Trump presidential rally and many more stories that helped me realize I'm not in college anymore. My passion has always been sports and 6 months in I was able to get promoted to the sports director at the station.
Growing up, I always wanted to emulate my broadcasting idol, Rich Eisen, and become a sports anchor. Now just a short time into my career, I was able to live out that dream.
As the sports director, I had the opportunity to cover March Madness, the NCAA baseball regional and even a PGA Tour Championship. I told the small town stories of the athletes in Southeastern North Carolina and watched many head to do great things.
It was a life-changing experience to be able to live life in a different part of the country. But after two years in the South, I was ready to come home. ABC7 allowed me to do just that.
I now get to be in my own backyard telling the stories of my South Bay Community while working alongside the same talented journalists here that I grew up watching. It has been an amazing journey so far, but I always believe the best is yet to come!
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2 arrested after nearly 500 gallons of gas worth $1,700 bought with stolen credit cards in San Jose
Two men from the East Bay were arrested after they bought $1,700 worth of gas with stolen credit cards at a Safeway in the South Bay. At $3.49 a gallon for unleaded at this location, that's 487 gallons of gas!
South San Jose residents victim to widespread grocery store credit card fraud
Residents in South San Jose are having to put a pause to their holiday shopping after dozens of credit cards fell victim to fraud. The amounts of fraud charges ranged from $50 to $400.
Truck slams through Los Altos jewelry store during burglary: video
BRAZEN BURGLARY: Surveillance video of the burglary shows a truck backing through the front window of the jewelry store, shattering glass and breaking displays, and the thieves jumping out to steal around $200,000 in merchandise.
SJ Barracuda fans toss thousands of stuffed animals on ice in 5th annual holiday tradition
It is one of the most fun traditions in hockey during the holiday season. It starts with a puck in the net and ends with THOUSANDS of stuffed animals on the ice. It's the annual San Jose Barracuda Teddy Bear Toss!
Can you take down 4 pounds of pho-nomenal pho?
There are food challenges, then there's the Pho-Mongus Challenge at Corner Pho in San Jose, Calif. Four pounds of noodles, four pounds of meat and just 50 minutes to finish it all! Will you end up on the Corner Wall of Champions or the Pole of Shame?
Watch films from the golden age of cinema at this historic Fremont museum
The Historic Niles District of Fremont, CA was the home to some of the biggest silent movies of all-time. Films shot in this area starred legendary actors like, "Broncho Billy" Anderson and Charlie Chaplin who would later watch their films in the Edison Theater. Today, you can see the impact their work had on the Bay Area and watch their films in the very same theater that they did by visiting the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.
Stay in a haunted hotel room at the Brookdale Lodge
After opening in the late 1800's, the Brookdale Lodge hosted guests, celebrities and even Presidents, but an unfortunate drowning of a young child has also opened the doors to dozens of spirits that still haunt the lodge today. Take a look inside the haunted lodge nestled in Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California and visit the spooky locations that are still said to host ghosts even today. You can even stay in one of their haunted rooms!
Hike to the top of the jewel of Fremont: Mission Peak
Mission Peak is a popular hiking destination for people across the Bay Area to visit while in Fremont, Calif. More than 2,000 guests take on the 6-mile round-trip hike weekly that culminates in some of the best views in the Bay Area.
Hike to the top of the jewel of Fremont: Mission Peak
You have no doubt seen the pictures on social media of people posing on the iconic pole at the top of Fremont's Mission Peak, but have you ever done the hike? We take you three miles up and three miles back to see just how great the views truly are.
Emmitt Smith, Marriott Bonvoy hosts NFL fan combine at 49ers facility
What is it like to be coached up by former NFL stars including the league's all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith? Select fans from across the country got to do just that today in Santa Clara!