Professional Experience: I have worked at KSPR since February of 2007. I started out as a production assistant; editing video for newscasts, running the audio board and operating studio cameras. In August of 2007 I became a photojournalist and have worked in that capacity ever since.
Awards & Recognition: I have received numerous awards for photography from the Kansas City Press Club and the Missouri Broadcasters Association. I have also received an award for sports reporting from the Kansas City Press Club.
Education: I graduated from Evangel University in 2007 with a degree in electronic media with an emphasis on broadcasting. I also have a minor in psychology.
Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement: I love to stay active by working out and playing sports. I do the color commentary on ESPN 1400 AM for the Evangel University football team on Saturdays in the fall. I also attend Central Assembly of God church.
Family & Pets: My wife Cherrie and I are blessed to have a daughter, Adalynne, who was born in May of 2010 and a basset hound named Kali.
When I was young I wanted to be: A professional athlete. Turns out, I'm about 3 inches too short and a full second too slow on my 40 time for that to pan out.
Favorite Books & Movies: Too many favorite books to name, but some of my favorite authors are Malcolm Gladwell, Ernest Hemingway and David Halberstam. I love all kinds of movies. Some of my favorites are Anchorman, Office Space, The Godfather I and II, and Scarface.
Favorite Web Sites: I frequently visit kspr.com, espn.com, and naiafootball.net.
Likes Best About The Ozarks: I love that there is plenty to do in the Ozarks. There's four full seasons with plenty of outdoor activities to do as well as several things to do in cities like Springfield and Branson.
Most Memorable Assignments: My most memorable assignments would be any of the Wednesday's Child shoots that I was fortunate enough to take part in. Kids are so creative and honest that it makes for great television. Also, Wednesday's Child really makes me feel like I'm making a difference in my community. It makes me feel as though I've helped great kids get placed in adopted homes, something that may not have happened without our help.
What do you like about your job: I love telling people's stories. Telling personal stories about people in the community that I cover is rewarding, challenging and exciting all at the same time.