The Chicago suburbs have always been a huge part of my life. Except for a few months here and there, I've never been outside the area for more than three months. I'm in new territory now, though, and really enjoying it.
I have five older siblings—the closest one's 15 years older than me. I attended the same school from preschool through high school in Elmhurst, Ill., before heading to Wheaton College.
At Wheaton, I wanted to be a doctor, like my brother. I learned quickly from a microbiology class, that I couldn't do that forever.
So, I changed majors and worked on a sports radio show, before taking over as the host. I also called games on the radio for the football team that made it to the D3 semifinals. I also interned at ESPN Radio and for a wooden bat baseball league in Florida.
After Wheaton, I took a year and a half off before starting graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism in Evanston. Being a one-man band for stories around Chicago and in Washington helped me learn to love the challenges of daily news.
I came to Sioux City in November to begin my first full-time broadcast job. Ever since they gave me the keys and sent me out, I've enjoyed it. It can be challenging at times, but I'm always learning and growing from the experiences.
One day, I'd love a chance to return to radio announcing or sports anchoring, but for now, I'm happy to continue to learn from everyone at KTIV. I'm still looking to that dream, while beginning to understand Siouxland a little better every day.
If you have something on your mind or would like to help me get to know Sioux City a little better, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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