Host/Director/Producer: This.Is.Now on HNN in Honolulu, HI (2019 – Present)

  • Created a popular digital video podcast that has since expanded to TV audience
  • Daily challenge of producing, editing, directing and hosting midday newscast 
  • Reporting on the travel industry in franchise segment called “Unraveling your Traveling” 

Digital Content Creator: Hawaii News Now in Honolulu, HI (2018 – Present) 

  • Produced several highly viewed original documentaries
  • Established myself as an award winning story teller

Producer: Hawaii News Now in Honolulu, HI  (2013-2018)

  • Making style and showcasing decisions regarding program content
  • Digital & social media content creation

Morning Show Executive Producer: KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona & HNN Honolulu, HI (2010-2013)

  • Structured station’s efforts for targeted special reports and events
  • Managed content and crews for most effective use on all platforms

Special Projects Producer: KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona (2008-2010)

  • Developed organizational skills for use in long-term and short-term station projects
  • Gained understanding of research and ratings growth

Promotions Producer: KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona (2007-2008)

  • Refined tease writing skills by producing topical promotions daily
  • Worked with station clients in creating successful ad campaigns and sponsored events

Line Producer: KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona (2004-2007)

Reporter/Anchor: WSIU-TV in Carbondale, Illinois (2000-2004)

Photographer: KFVS-TV at bureau in Carbondale, Illinois (2002-2004)

Photographer: WSIL-TV in Carterville, Illinois (2000-2002)

Video Editor/Studio Crew: WSIL-TV in Carterville, Illinois (1998-2000)

Neighborhood Board Member: Chinatown/Downtown, HI (2015-2017)

  • Working with City & State leaders to resolve community problems regarding homelessness, parking, and safety
  • Assisting in a number of neighborhood improvement campaigns and programs

Founder: Barrio Vintage in Downtown Honolulu, HI (2011-2018)

  • Establishing marketing strategies for company
  • Cultivating a positive in-store guest experience
  • Managing online marketplaces via website and social media

Recent Awards

  • 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage 
  • 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Digital Journalism 
  • 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation
  • 2019 Regional Emmy for Best News Program
  • 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for News Series
  • 2019 Associated Press Award for Best Special Programming
  • 2019 SPJ Award 1st Place in Photo/Video Essay
  • 2019 SPJ Award 1st Place in Multimedia Presentation
  • 2018 Associated Press Award for Best Documentary
  • 2018 SPJ Award 1st Place in Arts/Entertainment writing 


  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois) BA in Mass Communications
  • Murphysboro High School  (Murphysboro, Illinois)


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