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Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Life Goal: To squeeze the most out of life possible

Play any sports/Favorite Sport: any and all sports

Favorite TV Show: Meet the Press, 60 Minutes & 30 Rock

Favorite Car: classic cars

Most embarrassing moment: walking into the girl’s bathroom in 6th grade. I still don’t think I’ve ever recovered.

Happiest moment in my life was…when I went to Disney World for my 8th birthday.

4 notable persons you’d invite to dinner: NBC anchor Brian Williams, Joe DiMaggio, President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush

Favorite food: steak

I have a pet (what) … a fluffy white Pomeranian named Wolfie

Knew you wanted to be a reporter when… I took my first journalism class in high school.

Best movie of all time: Wayne’s World

Hardest part of my job: Waiting. About 90 percent of being a reporter is waiting for people to get back to you.

Best part of my job: Being able to write for a living.

Favorite holiday: 4th of July

School fight song: Not sure, but we always sang “We are the boys from old Florida” at the end of the 3rd Quarter of Florida Gator football games.

My favorite story of all time: Driving through the night and not sleeping for 30 straight hours so I could cover the President.

People are surprised when I tell them… I can juggle.

Biggest life achievement/made mom & dad proud when I…graduated from the University of Florida and started making a life for myself.

I like to listen to…Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin and Weezer

Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I’d jump at the chance to…travel

Best part of the day: Taking off my tie.

Favorite place to be other than home & work: Near the water, whether it be a beach or lake.

Anything else you want viewers to know about you? I grew up in South Florida so Oklahoma is actually the coldest place I’ve ever lived.

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