I’m very happy to be in Arkansas and closer to home! I was born and raised in Central Florida and graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Accounting. But I knew in my heart that accounting wasn’t my passion, journalism was.
After graduating, I received an internship at ABC News in New York City. That internship led to a position at WABC-TV, where I worked on the assignment desk and with just about everyone in the newsroom. I also worked as a camerawoman with NY1 News, New York City’s local cable station.
I then accepted a position at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, where I worked with and learned from some of the best in the business. It was a thrilling experience. It was there that I had the chance to shoot, edit and report for the Nightly News Website, and I knew that I had discovered my niche.
The reporting bug bit me hard, and I knew I wanted to report local news. I also knew I wanted to return to the South and the southern hospitality that has been extended to me truly makes me feel at home. I’m excited about being a part of the 5NEWS team and the Northwest Arkansas Community.
A hero’s homecoming was 43 years in the making. The remains of Captain Virgil Meroney, III, were returned to Northwest Arkansas more than four decades he was killed in the Vietnam War. Capt. Meroney was listed as Missing in Action and presumed dead after his plane was shot down in March of 1969 flying over Laos. After years waiting for answers, Capt. Meroney’s family gathered in Fayetteville Friday as the remains were returned. “This is my brother’s home,” says his […]
A tip helped lead investigators to a suspect in the death of a Fayetteville woman six years ago, police say. Nina Ingram, 21, was found murdered in her Fayetteville apartment in 2006. For more than six years the family and friends of Ingram waited for an arrest in her killing. Rico Cohn was arrested on a capital murder warrant Wednesday. Those who knew the Ingram family are breathing a sigh of relief. Rhonda Combs went to church with Ingram’s mother […]
A Springdale athlete will soon be representing Northwest Arkansas on the world stage. Alex Lewis, 20, made Team USA for the Duathlon World Championship. In just a few months, Lewis will be trading the trails of Northwest Arkansas for the streets of France. He was one of 20 athletes across the nation who earned a spot on the team. “I was just sitting there kind of bummed out and then I finally got an email saying that I made Team […]
This year Walmart shareholders are not only celebrating their annual meeting in Northwest Arkansas, but it’s the retail giant’s 50th anniversary. And Walmart and the region are looking forward to another 50 years of growth. Over the past 50 years, Walmart has grown from a small discount store to become the world’s largest retailer with more than 10,000 stores in the United States and 27 other countries. The late-Sam Walton founded Walmart in 1962 and headquartered his company in Bentonville. […]
Rogers Police are investigating a shooting they say left three men with non life-threatening gunshot wounds to their heads. Around 4 a.m. Monday, Rogers Police responded to a call on West Sunset Street where they found two men, and later with a search warrant, a marijuana grow and the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting. Another man, police said, drove himself to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville with a gunshot wound to the head. Nicholas Watson, 22, […]
Hundreds of family, friends, veterans and those currently serving all gathered at Fayetteville National Cemetery Monday morning to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. The crowd joined together to sing the National Anthem and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. There was the recognition of colors, the memorial wreath, and Fayetteville Mayor Jordan issued a proclamation on behalf of the city. Many of the speakers were veterans and they talked about the origin of Memorial Day and the importance of honoring those who […]
After nearly a decade Benton County will have a new sheriff. Voters elected Kelley Cradduck to the post this week. After running for the office three times, Cradduck won this week. He says he’s bringing a new philosophy to his new post. “I’m very high on specialized units,” Cradduck says. “Traffic units, crime suppression units, gang units, domestic violence units I think that you can become very proficient when you’re focused on one issue or one problem.” While Cradduck brings […]
Do you think you could feed your family on $100 a week? For many in Northwest Arkansas that’s a reality. Thursday, employees at Tyson Foods took that challenge in a food competition to raise awareness about hunger. Tyson employees, including CEO Donnie Smith, scoured the grocery store aisles buying a week’s worth of groceries to feed a family of four for just $100. “I was keeping a running total in my mind,” Smith said of Tyson’s SNAP Challenge Event. “As […]
Fayetteville students have one more day of school before summer vacation, but when classes end, the lunchroom will still be open. It’s called the Summer Lunch Program. Starting on June 4, the cafeteria at the Owl Creek School in Fayetteville will be open for lunch. If you’re 18 and younger you can come in and eat for free, no questions asked. It’s part of the Summer Lunch Program, feeding nearly 3,000 students a week. It’s been going on at Fayetteville […]
A sales tax increase to increase funding to public transit failed to pass in Washington County. The official results: Washington County Transit Tax 149 of 149 Precincts Reporting ✓Against 63.76% 13001 For 36.24% 7391 The measure failed after nearly 64 percent of voters said they opposed it. The 1/4 cent sales tax would have been used to increase services for Ozark Region Transit. Ozark Region Transit said they would use the money to expand the number of routes from […]
Benton and Washington County police officers ran through Northwest Arkansas to raise money for the Special Olympics in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. “It’s nice,” said Lt. Lester Coger with the Springdale Police Department. “We don’t go real fast, it’s all about you know letting people know about the Special Olympics and we carry the torch with us so that people can see.” There were two torches. One started in Bella Vista, the other in Siloam Springs. Officers carried […]
University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long issued a statement Friday on rumors that he could be leaving for Stanford. “Although I do not consider it appropriate to discuss the personnel searches of other universities or colleges, I feel it’s important to address recent speculation about me and the athletics director position at another prestigious institution. Although I can’t be responsible for what others are saying or thinking, I do know that I am not interested […]