Hometown: Swansea, IL

Go-to activity outside of work: Playing music, writing and playing games

Favorite song: Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance (Yes, I was that kid in high school).

Favorite TV Show: House

Favorite book: The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Favorite childhood toy: Plastic Lightsabers!

Favorite food: Salmon & Rice

What's an inspirational quote that keeps you going? "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela

Your 'hello' message to the Heart of Illinois:  Hello, Heart of Illinois! I've been up and down this state my whole life - between being raised near St. Louis and schooled in Chicago, so it only makes sense that I grow my reporter (and anchor!) roots in central IL. I'm proud and privileged to be your link to the world at large through the news - so thanks for helping me do that!