After a long five years away from home, I couldn't have been happier when I received word that I'd be returning to the Central Valley to join the Eyewitness News team as its weekend sports anchor. I grew up as an athlete in the CIF section, and am honored and excited to tell the stories of one of California's most diverse athletic regions.
I was born and raised just three hours up CA-99 in Modesto, before I left to pursue my undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and then, eventually, my graduate degree from Syracuse University in Central New York.
It was in New York that I made my initial connections in television, beginning my career at 13WHAM-TV in Rochester. Just an hour down the road from Buffalo, Rochester afforded me some great opportunities to cover some of the most exciting storylines in sports. Four for years, I covered the Buffalo Bills both at home and on the road, Syracuse basketball (including the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta) and the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
But whether I was on the sidelines watching Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, or on the 18th green to see Jason Dufner putt out for a major championship, I always enjoyed covering high school sports more than anything. It is for that reason I'm most excited to be in Bakersfield, a community that cares about their scholastic sports.
When I'm not on air, you'll likely find me exploring many of the Central Valley's golf courses or enjoying a Warriors game while pacing back and forth in my living room or whatever public place I may be in at the time.