I call Manilla, Iowa my hometown. I grew up on a farm there, but in my younger years, I also lived in Houston, Los Angeles and New Orleans as my father's job kept us moving around the country.
I joined KTIV as a reporter after graduating from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake in 1985. Over the years, I've served as anchor of the weekend, noon, morning and evening newscasts.
Among the accomplishments of which I am most proud in my years at KTIV is the Emmy Award that our noon newscast won for coverage of the Protient plant propane fire in Norfolk in December 2009 and winning 1st place in the Feature Reporting category in the Iowa Broadcast News Association competition five years in a row and again for 2012.
In 2008, I married KTIV coworker, Melissa Lanzourakis. She now works for the city of Sioux City. Together, we enjoy the occasional bicycle ride through the Siouxland countryside. I've been riding RAGBRAI since 1976 and have managed to get Melissa bitten by the RAGBRAI bug. We rode our tandem all the way across Iowa in 2010 and 2012. We also keep busy with our college-age children Philip, Rachel and Kevin.
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