My Career technically started at a public TV station in Springfield, Missouri. I began messing with cameras in the media center of my Junior High School. My First nat sound project was created with 2 VCR's hooked together to create a video for my Grandparents 40th Anniversary. They loved the video and I discovered how much I loved the process.
I owe much of my valuable television experience to KOZK-TV in Springfield Missouri. I was lucky enough to have experience shooting, editing, directing, floor directing, technical directing, and running studio cameras for the stations pledge drives. This eventually turned into my first real paying TV gig. I then went on to shoot and edit at KOLR-TV in Springfield. I tried my hand at directing newscasts for a couple years and just had to go back to shooting.
This led me to KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. I was a staff shooter for 9 months and then was promoted to Chief Photographer. This was an awesome job. I was 24 and in charge of a photo and editing staff. I learned a lot and loved it. I got to shoot from the stations helicopter, cover New Mexico with the Satellite truck and met a lot of great people. I'm proud of the people I hired who became awesome photojournalists. I spent 6 years as Chief. I got the call from CNN while sitting in the Satellite truck at a Sen. Kerry Rally in the center of downtown Albuquerque in 2004. I've been in the CNN Washington DC bureau since 2004 where I'm in the political center of the country. I cover breaking news all over the country as well as amazing trips following the Secretary of State in places like Libya, Afghanistan, Moscow, and Uzbekistan.