A Tennessee girl living in a Big Blue World.
I am the youngest of five kids, all from the same two parents who are very much in love. Starting with my oldest sister, we were all born in the Chattanooga area. From there, we migrated to Orlando, Florida, for three years while my dad was in seminary until he accepted a job in a small town- Alcoa, Tennessee. If you’re a Kentucky fan, you might recognize it as the high school that former Kentucky Wildcat, Randall Cobb, went to.
I was homeschooled for 3 years, but I graduated from Alcoa High School in 2011, where I made many of my lifelong friends. When I graduated, I wanted to be a teacher, but I soon found that wasn’t for me. Coming from a community college, I had this newfound appreciation for The University of Tennessee and I thought, “I can do anything from here! What do I want to do?” Well, news was, and still is, the coolest thing I could think of. From there, I had two years until graduation and a whole lot of learning to do. There were definitely days where I messed up big or had a long day, but every time I messed up, I was thankful to be learning a lesson in something that I truly loved. Each semester, I tried a new part of Journalism to see which one clicked. I started with web, moved to radio and then found myself loving television broadcast.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved it all! I love all news, but I always seemed to be learning something new in television. I did it! By some miracle, I graduated in four years with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism and Electronic Media. I received my first job offer from WYMT Mountain News and could not resist the opportunity to work at such a great station, especially one that was so close to home.
So here I am in Hazard as a reporter and producer. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to learn here in these beautiful mountains where there are so many stories.
So that’s my story; I can’t wait to hear yours.