Today I am fortunate to go live every day as a TV news
reporter. It’s something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was
five years old. I‘m doing what I love, but getting here wasn’t
easy and I still work hard to keep it all together.
I remember my first connection with live television news.
I was in Midland, Texas when the ABC affiliate Big 2 News
was a rolling news machine. We drove past a Taco Bell where
the bell had fallen through the roof. I can’t recall the details,
but it was an emergency scene. That night I saw the reporter
telling the story. I was amazed when I made the connection
between the reporter on the scene and the reporter on the
television. At the time, I thought people who do the news
were handpicked and groomed from birth to do this. Not so.
It’s a calling, a deep desire that can come true with hard work
I believe journalism is a powerful medium. I can
remember as a boy about five or six, I built a sand castle. When
a bully approached, I was worried he was about to kick over
my hard work so I told a little white lie about a news crew
being on the way to do a story. He was impressed and left me
alone. I think our job is to give a voice to the voiceless while
keeping the powerful in check. So many times I’ve seen how
people less fortunate have no one else looking after them but
a good journalist.