I’ve always been told that if you want to accomplish something worthwhile, you have to be willing to work harder than anyone else.
As a kid, I would stay up all night in the living room, with the family camcorder, pretending I was a sports/news reporter. I always knew I wanted to be involved in the media when I grew up. I’m blessed to have family, friends, and colleagues who have supported and helped me along the way.
I’m originally from a town just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, called Mt. Washington. I graduated from Bullitt East High School in 2010. I played five sports in high school (Football, Soccer, Basketball, Track, Cross Country), and I hold 3 athletic records at the school (2 in football, 1 in soccer). I was also involved in many scholastic clubs, such as FBLA, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Leadership.
I’m a Spring 2015 graduate of the University of Pikeville. Upon graduation, I received the award for “Most Outstanding Student” in my academic department, which was Film/Media Arts. I redshirted one year, and played four years of college football (Kicker/Punter), and in those years, gained some of the greatest experiences of my life.
My background in the media goes years back… In high school, I got involved with my school’s media class, which provided me with my first piece of practical experience. Throughout college, I experimented with many various types of media. I was a student manager at the University of Central Arkansas’ campus radio station (KUCA-Conway), before transferring to Morehead State University, where I was a reporter at the campus radio station (WMKY-Morehead). Finally, while finishing my college years at the University of Pikeville, I had a hand in many different types of radio and television productions, both for the school, and for media outlets in the area.
One of my favorite memories is being “The Voice of Magoffin County High School Sports” for two years on WRLV-Salyersville (2013-2015). In that time, I gained many relationships with people in Eastern Kentucky, and fellow broadcasters that I will never forget, as well as invaluable experience. It would be impossible to narrow my favorite broadcasting memory to one game or play. There are too many to choose from.
Besides Magoffin County sports, I have commentated everything from volleyball to Mario Kart!
When I’m not reporting the news, I’m probably watching or playing sports. Football is my favorite sport, but my favorite time of the year is March Madness.
I have been a reporter for WYMT since March of 2015, and I officially took over as the Cumberland Valley Bureau Chief in May of 2015. I could not possibly be more thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization.
I believe anything you do should have a purpose. My purpose is to provide the mountain region with fair and accurate coverage. If there is a story of interest, I want to tell it. WYMT has been a valuable part of Eastern Kentucky since 1985, when it was created to serve the region with a “media market” of its own. 30+ years later, the station is still here for the people of Eastern Kentucky, and I’m glad to be a part of that… We’re your mountain television.