Weekend Anchor/Multimedia Journalist/Producer
Hometown: Shawano/Reedsburg, WI
Started at WFRV: February 2020
Interests: Music, travel, hiking/climbing, animals and the outdoors. Spending time with family at our cabins “up nort” is my favorite place on earth.
I’m a Wisconsin gal through and through; a Shawano native and graduate of Reedsburg Area High School. (Which is near the Dells – so I had, possibly, the best summer job ever, as a lifeguard at Noah’s Ark Water Park.) After college, I took some time to travel and lived in Europe, Australia and on both U.S. coasts before coming back home to raise my family in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
I got my start in television working behind the scenes as a writer/producer for WGBA-TV 26 back when the station was still a Fox affiliate! I moved over to WLUK-TV about the same time Fox did, and spent the next decade working as an Anchor/Reporter for Fox 11 News, before crossing the pond for a Main Anchor position at WSYM-TV in Lansing, MI.
John Kennedy Jr. and Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) are probably my most notable interviews, but my career highlight, by far, was accompanying Ashwaubenon’s Jeff Pagels and his climb team as he attempted to be the first paraplegic ever to summit Mt. Rainier in Washington State. The documentary we produced was an award winner, but the true gift was becoming part of Pagels climb team, and helping to spread their message to people of all abilities, “Always Climb Higher.” After Rainier, we climbed Mt. Galdhoppiggen in Norway together and went on to summit the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
I left the television industry when I became a mom and am tremendously thankful I was able to be home more when my daughter was younger. I still consider “Mom” to be my primary job title.
I’m an avid musician and play trumpet in several groups, performing jazz and concert music locally. I’m also a bit of a closet rocker. With my gal pals in Madison, I’m a singer and guitar player in the all-female rock band, Chick Trip.
I live in Green Bay with my husband, daughter and our shelter dog, Buddy.
I am thrilled to be back in the “biz” at a WFRV-TV Local 5 – a station that shares my passion for celebrating the amazing people and places that make up this wonderful place I call home.