Morning Show Executive Producer for NBC Chicago, news addict, social media lead, traveler, discoverer, romantic, songstress, runaway bride but there’s still hope for me…
I’m home. I spent the past 14 years working in TV news and media relations across the country, but now I’m back in Chicago where I belong.
Don’t get me wrong. If it wasn’t for my experiences in Milwaukee, Champaign, Lincoln, Memphis, Detroit and Minneapolis — I wouldn’t appreciate what I have now. I’m grateful for my time away, but I don’t see myself leaving anytime soon.
I made lifelong friends at Marquette University in Milwaukee and fell in love with TV news while working at several stations in the city. I reported and produced in Champaign and Lincoln; strengthened my producing skills covering hard news in Memphis; fell in love with hockey and covered 9/11 and the black-out in Detroit; and won my first Emmy Award for breaking news while working as an executive producer in Minneapolis. It was there, where I discovered a school in Panama that desperately needed computers and other school supplies. I flew there – after securing Microsoft and the community’s help, and delivered the computers. It was a week I’ll never forget.
It was also in Minneapolis where I became the spokesperson for a large law enforcement agency and handled all of the international, national and local media when the 35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. It was a moment — that ended 20 days later when the last of the 13 people killed were recovered from the Mississippi River.
Now, I’m back home – discovering a city I only knew as a kid for it’s museums, Ed Debevic’s and Cubs games. I’m doing exactly what I want: working inside Chicago newsrooms, rehabbing my place on the lake, running/biking in charity races and constantly seeking out new places to hit. Even made a dream come through that I NEVER imagined would come to fruition: singing on stage with Dad.
But the story only begins there…