Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

Go-to activity outside of work: Dancing, playing board games with friends

Favorite song: For Once in my Life by Stevie Wonder

Favorite TV Show: Black Mirror on Netflix

Favorite book: Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee by Nat Hentoff

Favorite childhood toy: Play Station 1

Favorite food: REAL Japanese Ramen

What's an inspirational quote that keeps you going? The poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling

Your 'hello' message to the Heart of Illinois:  Hey Heart of Illinois! I'm happy to continue my career and service in the Midwest. I grew up in South Bend, Indiana where I got my inspiration to pursue journalism from my father. I went on to Indiana University in Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!) to get my degree in journalism. I'm very grateful for the well-rounded experience I got there, especially in student media. Under my belt I've had two TV news internships, and worked for two TV stations in my hometown, South Bend. I'm ecstatic to broaden my horizons in Illinois and I'm especially excited to sample the food of the Heart of Illinois. If there's anything I love besides journalism, it's food!