What is your job?
As the News Director at KMTV 3 News Now, I am responsible for the complete oversight of our on-air and digital news products. This includes setting policies for the news department as well as leading the editorial direction of our news, giving guidance to the members of our news department and reviewing all news content.
When did you start working here?
I began working at KMTV in February of 2019.
Where else have you worked?
I have been working in the news business for 40 years and have had the pleasure of working all over the country. I actually started my career in politics as a press secretary for a U.S. Representative from Indiana. My first job in the news business was being part of the original staff that started the Cable News Network.
Where did you go to college?
I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Where did you grow up?
I am a Midwesterner, having grown up in Toledo, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana
What are some of the biggest news stories you have covered or led coverage of?
The most intense story I have covered is the 2004 hurricane season in Florida. I was the News Director at a TV station in Fort Myers. During the summer of 2004 we experienced 4 hurricanes over a period of 8 weeks, all of which affected the Fort Myers area. In my early days at CNN, one of the first big stories I had to help cover was the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
What is your philosophy on news?
I truly believe in the Scripps motto of "Give Light and the People will find their own way". I believe news is covering the issues and events that affect the people in our community and providing information for people to judge and evaluate on their own. . Our responsibility as journalists is to hold our elected leaders and public institutions accountable for their actions and what they say, and to give a voice to those who may not be able to speak for themselves.
What do you love about living here?
There are a lot of things I love about Omaha. Having lived in both major metropolitan areas and small towns, Omaha for me is the perfect mix of a dynamic city with a lot to offer while also being a place that is manageable in terms of lifestyle. My family and I are huge foodies and one of the pleasant surprises we discovered after moving here is what a wonderful restaurant scene Omaha has to offer.