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Growing up, I was a very shy girl with extremely low self-esteem. I thought I would never see the day where I could turn on a television and see myself on the screen. Through journalism, I’m able to be the voice of the people and find my own voice in the process.

I won my first beauty pageant at the age of 16, and from then on I began to see my potential and purpose in life. The adrenaline of pageantry and onstage presentation piqued my interest in journalism.

As a former title holder of a few pageants, I’m now humbled to call myself an award-winning journalist as well.

I joined the WWMT Newschannel 3 team in June 2017 as a multimedia journalist. Before my time in Kalamazoo, I was a multimedia journalist and host for KTUL Tulsa’s Channel 8. There, I received two SPJ Oklahoma Awards in 2016 and 2017 for Spot News and Live Broadcast. I was also the lead reporter in two Emmy Award winning newscasts.

I started my career in my hometown of Omaha, Neb. as a multimedia journalist and franchise reporter at KPTM FOX 42 News.

My experiences as an MMJ allowed me to be my own creative director. The position requires a number of skills, including being the reporter, videographer, video editor and website coordinator. The daily requirements of an MMJ taught me how to be an independent and reliable asset to the newsroom by becoming proficient in those skills.

I am a proud alumna of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in December 2011 with a Bachelor's of Journalism.

I've forcibly made it a habit to workout, Lord knows I love ice cream. When I'm not eating junk food, I love traveling, serving the community, going to concerts, movies and sporting events. What I value most is the time I spend with my precious family and friends. I'm also an avid shopper and a huge Nebraska football fan, go Huskers!