What is your job?
I am the morning weather expert on KPAX.
When did you start working here?
I started working at KPAX in August of 2022.
Where else have you worked?
I worked at my university news station (KBYU) for three years as a reporter, producer, anchor, and weather specialist and also interned at KUTV in Salt Lake City, UT with the weather team. I also taught journalism classes at my alma mater, BYU, and loved getting to teach aspiring journalists!
Where did you go to college?
I attended Brigham Young University for both my bachelor's (2020) and master's (2022) degrees. I studied News Media in my undergrad, with an emphasis on broadcast journalism and geography. In my master's program, I studied and published research about social media and mobile weather apps.
Where did you grow up?
I consider two places home - Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Katy, Texas. Both taught me a lot about weather and good southern manners.
What are some of the biggest news stories you have covered or led coverage of?
Although it was difficult, I covered a public suicide at BYU that occurred when classes were just released. We don't normally cover suicides as journalists unless they are public or impact many people. I was the first reporter to be at the scene and the experience encouraged me to be a more compassionate and thoughtful journalist.
What is your philosophy on news?
Ultimately, I believe that the news our viewers want is news I also want! My goals as a weather expert are to 1) love the people and 2) love the place. If I can do those things, my forecasts fall into place.
What do you love about living here?
I love the sunsets, the mountains, the water, but the huckleberry shakes & fantastic steaks are the cherry on top!