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.

Recent Articles
  • NWA Still Fighting Meth After Million Dollar Bust

    Pantera Negra, the biggest meth bust in Northwest Arkansas took 118 pounds of methamphetamine off the streets in Northwest Arkansas. But why would a large, organized drug trafficking ring set up in Springdale? Police Chief Kathy O’Kelley says it’s about location. “Hide in plain sight,” says Chief O’Kelley. “So it’s a good stopping point; Easy access to 44, easy access to 40. It’s just a good location to be off the beaten path.” Chief O’Kelley hopes her new narcotics unit […]

  • 8 Cities Band Together for Code Red System

    Washington County is one step closer to having a severe weather alert system for all its residents. The mayors of eight cities came together for a system called “Code Red” that calls residents when weather threatens. It’s hard to forget the aftermath of heavy flooding in Johnson last year. The city had no way to warn residents the rains were coming.  But now they have Code Red, an automated phone system that calls residents when severe weather approaches. It’s a […]

  • General Public Not Allowed at Walmart Shareholder Concerts

    The annual Walmart Shareholder’s Meeting and its concerts are just a couple weeks away but the tickets to see the big name acts are already sold out. All the tickets have been claimed by Walmart associates and there will be none available for the general public. In years past, people lined up outside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville to wait for free unused tickets to see the big-name acts appearing every year at Walmart’s shareholder concerts. This year instead of […]

  • Transit Tax: Group Says Quorum Court Didn’t Follow Law

    Some Washington County residents hope a lawsuit they filed last week will stop a proposed countywide sales tax from being implemented. Citizens for Effective Transit says the Quorum Court didn’t follow the law in putting the tax before voters. The group made up of about nine people and a local attorney say their lawsuit against the Washington County Quorum Court is not about stopping the tax vote. They say it’s about making sure the law is followed. “We’re asking Judge […]

  • Memorial Ride Held to Honor Chief Landers

    A community came together Friday to remember Lowell Police Chief Joe Landers. Landers was hit by a suspected drunk driver while riding his motorcycle at a rally in Panama City, Fla., on April 27. He died from those injuries last week. Mourners, friends and loved ones came from near and far to be part of a ride honoring Landers that began on Dixie Land in Lowell at 9:30 a.m. Bikers and law enforcement officials from nearly every city in the […]

  • Court Document: Benton County Official Suspected Of Stealing $46,000

    Christine Renee Southard, former administrative assistant for Benton County Clerk Tena O’Brien, was booked into the Benton County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of stealing more than $46,000 from the clerk’s office, according to a Circuit Court arrest affidavit. Southard, 41, of 42 Tamsworth Circle in Bella Vista, told O’Brien she had a gambling problem and had stolen $46,059.97, according to Sgt. Jeremy Felton of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Information from Felton is included in the affidavit. O’Brien says she […]

  • Rush Running Builds Customer Loyalty Through Star Treatment

    We're looking at a local business in Bentonville, Rush Running. The owners both ran track at the University of Arkansas. And when customers walk through their doors, they try to make each one feel like a star athlete.

  • Chamber, Council Survey Small Businesses to Determine Needs

    When Leah Peterson of Ozark Mountain Poultry took the chamber’s business retention survey, she said it felt more like a converstaion. She answered questions about her business, growth and expansion plans, but she also shared her challenges. “Childcare. It’s a huge issue in Northwest Arkansas,” Peterson said. “We do have a severe shortage of enough childcare so thats something my laborforce is constantly working toward and we have to be able to meet that need.” The Northwest Arkansas Council says […]

  • Ladies Only Motorcycle Rally Merges with Bikes, Blues & BBQ

    Bikes, Babes & Bling, the motorcycle rally said to be the first to cater to women, will be merged this year with Bikes, Blues & BBQ. But parts of the ladies only rally will live on. Carissa Jackson, president of the women’s motorcycle group “Chrome Divas” says she’ll miss it. “The biggest part of it is just getting together with other women who enjoy the same thing you do which is riding,” Jackson says. “You know? And just meeting people.” After […]

  • Video Released of Moments Leading Up to Shooter’s Death

    Dramatic video shows the final moments of a man suspected of shooting and injuring a Rogers police officer, then later turning the handgun on himself. Madison County sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest 22-year-old Gregory Lance Duffy outside of his girlfriend’s house near War Eagle Mill before daybreak Wednesday after officers say he shot Rogers police Cpl. Jeff Pollock. Police dash cam video shows Duffy trying to drive away from the home on High Sky Inn Road with deputies closing in. […]

  • Good Samaritan Hit by Vehicle

    A good Samaritan was sent to the hospital Monday after he being hit by a car while trying to help another driver involved in an accident. Arkansas State Police say Phillip Stickney got out of his vehicle to help the driver of a car that crashed into the median on the southbound ramp of Interstate 540 near Winslow. He was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Central EMS took Stickney to the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville in serious condition. […]

  • Fayetteville Cyclist Seeks Edge on Out-of-Towners

    This weekend thousands of cyclists from around world will be filling Fayetteville streets for the Joe Martin Stage Race. But there will be at least one cyclist who rides the streets every day; Fayetteville’s Josh Estes. “It’s definitely nice, you know, you get to race on roads that you train on year round,” Estes said. “And you know, it gives you a little bit of advantage over the other riders and you know, you have your friends and family out […]