As a student at Emerson College in Boston, I was sent to the Statehouse and told to “find a story” for WERS. This experience and many others taught me the value of local news and impressed upon me the impact it has on a community.
I have always carried a passion for local news in my career, even if at times I ended up on the national stage. In Las Vegas, I was the news department at KXNT and developed a reputation for asking tough questions, but also being fair and balanced in my reporting. My work at KXNT earned me an Electronic Media Award for Best Radio News. During this time, I was also working for CBS Radio News covering events happening in Las Vegas. I did live reports for them from the Las Vegas Strip three years in a row.
I returned to New Hampshire as the News Director for WGIR in 2004. In the 2007/2008 cycle, I became the Presidential Primary expert for Clear Channel Radio, appearing on affiliates across the nation. However, my focus remained in the state of New Hampshire. During my time at WGIR, a popular police officer was shot and killed. The story of officer Michael Briggs and the trial of his killer was much more critical to the community than national politics. I won a New Hampshire Association of Broadcaster’s Award for the use of Natural Sound in this story. I have also won several New Hampshire Associated Press Awards, and New Hampshire Association of Broadcaster Awards for Best Newscast, Election Coverage, and Reporting.
I later made a transition to television as a producer for a station centered on local news. The technical skills were different, but the writing, reporting and ethical decisions remained the same. I was proud of the work done at NH1, and how it directly served the people of New Hampshire.
In January 2014 I was asked by a mentor and colleague to fill as a teacher at Emerson College for a few classes. I stayed the entire semester, and I realized teaching is my passion. I had spent a lot of time at previous jobs coaching and hiring talent, and that was always my favorite part of the job. At Emerson, I saw inspiration and hope. Teaching these young students actually made me a better journalist. It pushed me to work harder and gave me a renewed focus. I have continued to teach at Emerson, and each spring have mixed emotions as students leave for that first job. However, when they reach out to tell you, they were prepared and reporting on stories that matter it is the best feeling.