In my high school senior memory book, I wrote that I wanted to become a Television News Anchor and Reporter. When I was in college, I had a professor who asked my class what made us think that we were so special that we could get a job in this very competitive business. Every day I think of him as I go to work as a News Anchor at the number one television station in the Savannah market. I owe him a lot. He had no way of knowing that his dose of reality would be exactly what I needed to prove him wrong and reach my goals.
I am a native of Riceboro, Ga. I was educated in both the Liberty and Chatham County Public Schools. I was an Honor Graduate of Savannah High School and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After working for a year in Wilmington, N.C. as a reporter, I returned home in 1989 and joined the WTOC team as a reporter. I have worked as a general assignment reporter and covered both the education and court beats. I now co-anchor The News at 5:30 and THE News at 11:00.
I am overjoyed to release my first book, Dawn's Daughter: Everything A Woman Needs To Know. It is the beginning of a movement for me to change the world and the next generation of leaders by empowering women one girl at a time. A portion of the proceeds from my book goes to "The Dawning of a Miracle Scholarship," a fund I created to help young ladies with chronic/ life- threatening illnesses go to college. I have awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to very deserving young ladies.
Through the years, I have remained very active in the community by serving on boards like the Better Business Bureau, the Reardon Center for Children with Brain Disorders, the Wesley Community Center, the American Diabetes Association, the American Red Cross Bone Marrow Program, and Goodness & Mercy Foundation, Inc. Even though I have always been involved in community service caring for the less fortunate, accompanying the Goodness & Mercy Foundation on a medical mission to Africa has changed my life forever. While I have always volunteered in the community, my trip to Ghana made me even more driven and determined to do more to help my fellowman. I was touched by the gracious and beautiful people in the Konongo Village who work very hard, but have very few opportunities to move above a certain level of poverty. Since we returned from the mission in June, 2006, I have worked to raise money to help the foundation make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless people in underserved areas of Africa. The following year in February, 2007, I traveled to another third world country with volunteers with a group called Faith In Practice on their medical mission to Guatemala. A few months later, in September, I had the honor of going back to Africa. This time I spent a week working with Goodness & Mercy Foundation in Ajalli, Nigeria. Traveling to these third world nations has made me even more proud of this great nation in which I live. I have learned to never take anything for granted.
I really believe that the best part of being a reporter is getting a chance to help people everyday. We not only get to help our viewers solve their problems when they feel as if they have nowhere else to turn, but we also have the responsibility of asking the tough questions about issues that affect everyone in our community and beyond.