EDUCATION

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY                                           STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI

Summer, 2009

Geosciences/Broadcast Meteorology Program

 

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY                                                 MANHATTAN, KANSAS

May, 1997

B.A. Journalism and Mass Communications

             in the Electronic Media

Strong Minor: American Ethnic Studies

 

 

 

EXPERIENCE

                                                                                                                                               

KTBS-TV                                                                          SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

Jan. 2012- Dec. 2012

Meteorologist

 

  • Responsible for all weathercasts on all AM and PM weekend shows
  • Live on-location weather reports for special events and special weather coverage on main channel and 24 hour digital channel
  • Maintain station’s news website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed
  • Plan and produce weather-specific news stories for air

 

 

KXAN-TV                                                                                             AUSTIN, TEXAS

Jun. 2010- Sept. 2011

Meteorologist

 

  • Responsible for weathercasts on vibrant weekend show
  • Propelled show to inaugural #1 in ratings in May, 2011
  • Live on-location weather reports for special events and special weather coverage
  • Maintain station’s news website, and weather blog

 

                                                                                                                                               

NEWS 12                                                                          NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Jul. 2009- Jun. 2010

Freelance Meteorologist

 

  • Responsible for prime weathercasts for 24-hour borough specific news channel
  • Live on-location weather reports for special events or weather coverage
  • Fill-in for other stations within the network
  • Severe weather coverage
  • Help maintain the station’s website, and weather blog

 

 

KNOE-TV CHANNEL 8 NEWS (CBS)                                 MONROE, LOUISIANA

Jan. 2008-Jun. 2009

Weekend Meteorologist

 

  • Main weekend weather anchor
  • Responsible for creating an accurate forecast for the “Weather Authority” team using WSI, and Titan True View Doppler Radar
  • During the week occasionally write and report weather related news packages for newscasts, often going live on the scene or in studio during and after severe or inconvenient weather
  • Fill-in for other Meteorologists when they are absent from their shifts
  • Make public appearances on the station’s behalf
  • Help maintain the station’s weather website by constantly updating information

 

 

WHBQ-TV CHANNEL 13 NEWS (FOX O&O)                  MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Apr. 2005- Jan. 2008

Senior Assignment Editor/Part-time Weather Producer

 

  • Main responsibilities include assigning reporters and photographers to breaking news events, press conferences, and scheduling interviews; while generating ideas and cultivating contacts
  • Seek out live opportunities, plan and coordinate live shots for weather team
  • Field produce weather live shoots for weather team for 5pm and 9pm newscasts
  • Assist weekend meteorologist in show production
  • Establish good relations and do daily beat checks with public safety agencies
  • Daily communication with the public who report important news items
  • Responsible for arranging long distance communications (like satellite or fiber feeds) with news agencies like FOX national, CNN, NNS, or other local or national affiliates
  • Act as the public relations coordinator for the station on special news events during live broadcasts

 

 

MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS                                             MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Oct. 2004-Feb. 2005

Executive Aide to Board of Commissioners

 

  • Work very closely with other MCS departments to control and maintain a positive public relations image for the elected Commissioners by speech and editorial writing, and media relations duties
  • Responsible for daily operations of very busy office for 9 elected city officials
  • Supervisor of staff within that office
  • Attend, help facilitate and plan bi-weekly public Board meetings, and committee meetings; arrange travel and coordinate ceremonies and receptions for the Commissioners
  • Maintain daily schedules for all 9 Commissioners
  • Responsible for instituting various standards and processes within the office

 

 

MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT                                        MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Oct. 2003-Aug. 2004

Public Information Officer/Director of Media/Public Relations

 

  • Responsible for daily media and public relations operations for Memphis Police Department
  • Answered directly to city’s Chief of Police Services
  • Served as on-the-record spokesperson for the Department generating several media alerts and releases a day, and made the scenes of crimes for comment to the press
  • Initiated local and national coverage for MPD officials and events
  • Single-handedly produced monthly 30-minute public affairs television show for Chief of Police

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

 

  • American Meteorological Society (Seal applied for, pending)
  • National Weather Association
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
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