I am an award-winning videographer and journalist for KJRH 2News in Tulsa. I hold Edward R. Murrow regional & national awards, multiple Heartland Emmy Awards, numerous Oklahoma SPJ, as well as Associated Press awards. As of Oct 2019, I am a member of the Board of Gov. for the Heartland Chapter of NATAS.
I was elected to the Heartland Chapter BOG in Oct. 2019 by popular vote of the active membership. In this role I help guide the chapter through various decisions related to the Emmy Awards and various outreach programs. Im actively assisting in the voting and judging process for other chapters as needed. It's an honor to have been selected by my peers to this position. This position is unpaid.
I am the Senior Editor, and head of editing at KJRH. My primary position is to facilitate moving of content to and from NBC, CNN and the AP as well as content from other regional stations, E.W.Scripps stations and local content for air on 2News. When I was hired I quickly streamlined the morning and midday editing work flows. I gained further experience with Apple's Final Cut Pro ver. 6/7 software and assisted other employees on how to use the software. In 2013, I lead the transition for all editors to the new Final Cut Pro X software. I assisted in studio camera operation before our transition to Ignite, and assist in master control from time to time. In July 2013, I was promoted from the morning shift to the evenings on Primetime. Since, I’ve worked closely with our staff to improve the Final Cut X experience, and take the lead when it comes to training new employees on the system. As of August 2017 I am the Senior Editor and oversee all aspects of the news editing team.
At KWEM I started off shooting 7th grade football games. Over the short time I was there I moved up through the ranks to Chief photographer. The station was very small and my duties included operating master control, directing live programing and sports rebroadcasts, editing recorded sports shows and special programs, commercial production and supervising the quality of production from other employees on recorded programming. At the time we were primarily using Media100 for Non-Linear editing and in the field we had a linear tape based editing system. I also acted as webmaster between 2008-2009.
I developed and hosted a LIVE 2 hour weekly radio show on Friday nights from 11pm to 1 am. I selected all content, ran multiple input sources including 8track, CD, mini disk, cassette, and computerized digital audio. We had on air interviews with friends and popular students that covered topics from new music to sports. This position was unpaid.
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I also participate in Skywarn, and hold an amateur radio license. I do storm spotting when time allows and have participated in storm chases. My main emphasis in the hobby is Emergency Communications however. On the side, I have been pursuing a private pilot license and enjoy spending time at my lake properties. I am a recreational fishing and hunting enthusiast. I also have an ever growing classic car and tractor collection.
Studied more modern television production from floor crew and field production to directing and producing of shows in studio. Assisted in launching a radio broadcasting program that included pre-programming 5 hour shows complete with voice tracks, commercials and id tags.
Studied music education and went through early levels of student teaching before being lured away to the broadcasting world. After switching majors to broadcast journalism, I went on to get employment at KWEM-Tv in Stillwater. At the time the Paul Miller School of Journalism was very print focused, even through the broadcast departments. Technology was dated and in the mid 2000s I was taught how to cut and assemble tape as well as early non-linear systems in a field that was rapidly advancing.
Studied computer network security and administration. Followed the Cisco CCNA program in place at the time.