My goal to become a broadcast journalist was set at the age of around 13 when an English teacher told my class about an Optimist Club speech contest. I buckled down and ranked second in Western Missouri.
I soon wanted to be like my heroes who reported and anchored the important news of the day in my local news market. I was drawn to them by their power to do good for others by simply reporting the facts.
Digging deeper into journalism and its power to promote truth fairness and equality led me to a greater appreciation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. My love of journalism is rooted in the power it added to the civil rights movement, to the live broadcast of the moon landing and yes even the sacred and horrifying moment the second plane slammed into the World trade center. I can still remember every detail in the moment I shared with countless millions across the world. This awesome power had captured my heart, soul and mind. I knew I wanted to use it to serve others.
I decided later in life that my dream was to go to either Kansas City where I grew up or Utah where I graduated from Brigham Young University.
I remember landing in Utah after signing a contract with ABC 4 and thinking this would be the place I would put down roots and spend the rest of my life. I was wrong.
Seattle called me thanks to my wonderful agent Steve Swienckowski who I look to with a high regard.
I decided to fly out thinking it could be a great opportunity and because I have family in the area. I also remember the way I felt in Seattle during a previous trip. The people seemed to easily smile and they were quick to return a wave.
My recent trip to the The City of Goodwill was no different, but I was sold when I walked into KOMO 4's Newsroom and met the staff. It was humbling to meet some of the best writers and story tellers in the business. I was also impressed to learn ABC Network Corespondent Neal Karlinsky works from the KOMO 4 building, but this isn't what attracted me to Seattle.
I'm attracted to the City and KOMO 4 because of the genuine humility, care and concern the staff seemed to have for others. I am attracted to people who are both capable and humble. I am attracted to people who want to help others when no one else is looking. I can see these elements at KOMO 4.
I was also sold by the beauty of the area. If you haven't been to Seattle---- go. Just check it out. It's a place where the land and the water seem to merge seamlessly with a skyline backdrop.
I could go on and on and so it's with mixed emotions that I step off the path I thought my life would take.
Goodbye Utah. Hello Seattle.