I grew up in Germantown, Philadelphia, raised, along with my sisters, by my grandmother, who worked as a housekeeper. It was a place that didn’t suffer fools and gave me an education into what it takes to rise above your circumstance. The lessons I learned there still resonate and inform every decision I make in my life today.
After graduating from Central High School for Boys, I went to Penn State University, where I majored in Pre-Med for three years before my love of writing pulled me into Journalism. During my college internship at WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, I did live on-set lead stories and learned to sharpen my skills with the help of the excellent news staff there.
Not long after that, I left Penn State with a BA in Journalism and went to work as a radio news reporter at WIKZ in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A few months later, I landed my first paying television job at WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina. I was a one-man band reporter and shot video for my colleagues as well.
About a year later, I got a job at WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. I spent ten years there as a General Assignment Reporter/Anchor before accepting a job offer in Atlanta, Georgia at WXIA-TV.
I spent the next two decades there as a lead reporter, developing and growing along with the city, becoming a welcome and familiar face to a generation of news watchers. I was also the Anchor/Managing Editor of the Weekend News, where we put out a stellar product along with excellent ratings.
I’ve won many Emmy Awards and am a proud member of NATAS’ Silver Circle, one of their highest honors. My work (examining the impact of the Stimulus Package during the recession) was part of a series of reports that won an Edward R. Murrow award for WXIA. I also won a Georgia Broadcasting award for a series of stories documenting the blight in a section of Atlanta known as “The Bluff.” I am also proud to have received awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists for stories relevant to the African-American community.
But my most important achievement has nothing to do with work. I consider my family my priority, and my wife and I have been blessed with three great kids, who are just beginning their own remarkable journeys in life.