I am from Fort Collins, Colorado and proud of it. I love my home state and all of the great outdoor activities it has to offer.
I have been very blessed in my life to be surrounded by a supportive family that has encouraged me to pursue my dreams.
As a child, I always thought it would be cool to be one of those guys on TV and I certainly had favorite news and sports anchors even as a young kid.
My mom always used to tell people I would be a sportscaster some day and it’s true, moms know best.
My career started as a news photographer for KKTV in Colorado Springs. I covered the Aurora Theater Shooting, Waldo Canyon Fire and so many other unbelievable events in my time there.
I was fortunate enough to turn that opportunity into another job I loved. I was named Sports Director at KGWN in Cheyenne, WY in 2013.
Covering high school sports, rodeo, local racing, and University of Wyoming athletics was the journey of a lifetime. I travelled back roads from Gillette, WY to Colorado Springs and flew to Las Vegas to cover all the best athletes the state of Wyoming has to offer.
Not a lot of people live in Wyoming but make no mistake there are a lot of great athletes and the folks who live there were so welcoming I’ll never forget that experience or the people I met.
I was twice named sportscaster of the year amid some very tough competition, one of the great honors of my career. It was all thanks to the wonderful people who shared their stories with me.
From the snowy hills of Wyoming I transitioned to the beaches of Fort Myers, FL with Waterman Broadcasting in 2015.
This was a unique experience because I reported for WBBH and WZVN.
I really learned about the very intense pressures of reporting news accurately every day. The team I worked with was incredible and we were honored with an Edward R. Murrow award for our continuing coverage of a shooting at a citizen’s police academy in Punta Gorda, FL.
While in Florida I was also honored by the Associated Press with a second-place award for the category of multimedia journalist. That means the work I did was all my own, I shot the video, wrote the story, and edited it with no help from anyone else. There are a lot of hard working journalists out there doing that every day and it’s not easy.
I’m very excited to join the RTV family and the greater Indiana family too.
I look forward to the day I can call myself a real Hoosier. Is it ok that I’m not that great at basketball?
Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: For the thrill of doing something different each day and to meet new people and tell their always interesting stories.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job ever was working for my dad at the Dairy Queen he owned. I’m not sure I was a great employee, I was only 13. My parents assured me child labor laws were different for family owned businesses. I was mostly payed in ice cream.
My first job in the “Biz” was as a photojournalist in Colorado Springs where I learned a lot.
Q: What is on your DVR?
A: Is it bad that I don’t have one? I’m more of a Netflix guy. My que is mostly filled with comedies and action movies but I pretty much just keep re-watching The Office.
Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: I love to camp and fish so that’s my ideal way. If I’m in town, exploring new restaurants is fun too!
Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: I’m still new to the area but I really enjoyed my experience at Canal Bistro. I order way too much pizza from Greeks Pizza.. or maybe not enough. Any suggestions??
Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: I have covered a few major stories of tragedy that I will never forget but I’m going to highlight a couple positive stories. When I covered sports in Wyoming I had the chance to follow the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team to Las Vegas where they won the Mountain West Conference Tournament. It was the first Mountain West conference championship for the school and very emotional. Larry Nance Jr. who now plays for the Lakers was the team’s top player.
My favorite story ever took me to Washington D.C., when I covered an Honor Flight. I got to spend the day travelling with veterans from several wars as many of them visited monuments to them for the first time. I told several stories from that day, including the heroism of a Bronze Star recipient who had never told his story to anyone; not even his kids.
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Give me a tiny shack in a small mountain town and I’m happy. Telluride will do.
Q: What is your proudest career moment?
A: My first year as Sports Anchor in Wyoming I was named sports anchor of the year. I was the underdog as the very talented second place recipient from the year before was also nominated. Winning was a great and unexpected surprise.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Not yet.. but a dog is on the horizon.
Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: At the gym, out playing sports with friends (although I’m still looking for a good group to play football with here) or exploring Indianapolis.
Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: I volunteer for Meals on Wheels right now which is really fun and gratifying. I’m working toward getting involved with a couple other organizations so I’ll update this when it’s official.
Q: When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?
A: Earlier this year I started doing some MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) training. It was really fun, I had a great coach and convinced a few friends to join me. Great workout and it was awesome to learn some new skills and gain a better understanding of a sport I love.
Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: Phone, unfortunately
Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: My mom had summers off from work because she was a kindergarten teacher. So, we would take month long road trips with her extended family including my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents; sometimes in one van and sometimes we had a caravan. My favorite memories are sitting shotgun listening to all of my grandpa’s wild stories. He’s a retired air force pilot, so trust me he has some good ones.
Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: Skydiving for sure. Falling out of that plane the first time was like nothing else. So scary I went a second time.
Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: A lot of people at every stop in my career. Stacia Naquin and John Harding, Robert Geha, Tregg White, Peter Busch, Lisa Spooner, Jeff Butera, Krista Fogelsong, and so many college professors, Steve Weiss, Greg Luft, and Joe Champ. All people who have given me great advice to make me a better journalist, writer, and broadcaster and who continue to cheer for me.
Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: Farmer (I like being outside and working with my hands) or stand-up comedian (even though I’m not that funny).
Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: If it’s the Powerball I would travel the world. If it’s a smaller win, hopefully I would invest it wisely. I promise I have never thought about this before.
Q: If you could witness any event, past or present, what would it be?
A: Ringside at the “Rumble in the Jungle,” to watch Ali work his magic.