I’ve spent more than 25 years in television. I’ve worked many different jobs over that time, but spent 20 years as a promotion producer, which meant I made the commercials for a television station’s news team and programming.
During my time in television, I’ve also been a reporter, videographer and director. The variety made it easier for me to see how different sides come together to make the whole. I’m glad to have that kind of experience.
I now work in the digital side of things, meaning I write for a TV website and manage its content. That means I’m also a writer. I’ve been writing professionally for more than 20 years.
But my first published writing was an editorial about the Confederate flag that, at the time, was flying atop the dome of the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. It was printed in The State newspaper when I was in 7th grade. (I’d hate to have to count back to figure out how many years ago that was, but then again, it took until 2000 before the flag came down from the Statehouse dome, then took another 15 (and the tragic shooting of nine people at a downtown Charleston church before it left the Statehouse grounds completely, so that little 7th grade editorial must not have been all that persuasive.
In high school, I was a reporter, then news director, then editor-in-chief of my school newspaper.
I’m an animal lover with a particular affection for dogs. That doesn’t mean I don’t like cats, but I’m definitely a dog person. That began when I was about a year old; my parents brought home a collie puppy. I’ve been in love with four-legged friends ever since. I’ve even volunteered with a local rescue group to help people find four-legged friends of their own.
And I’m a Christian. I’ve been one “officially,” that is, since being baptised, for more than 25 years. But baptism alone doesn’t really signify to me that one is “officially” a Christian. I believed in God long before I was able to overcome fear of the water long enough to go through the ritual of being immersed in water. And it was long after that moment that I really started to understand the magnitude of what that decision means and feels like.
So that’s me in a nutshell.
If you still want to know more, then here are a few fun facts:
So that’s probably more about me than you wanted to know. But if you’re still reading this far, you must have cared, so thanks for that.
Walter Cronkite, upon his retirement from the CBS Evening News in 1981, claimed that anchormen never fade away, but just keep coming back for more. I hope there’s a little anchorman (or woman) in you, at least when it comes to visiting this blog.