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My fascination with broadcasting started in Los Angeles with the Crenshaw High Cougar News. I would address my classmates via closed-circuit TV as Student Body President. I'd also go to the top urban L.A. radio station to announce the most popular songs voted on by students. That was my first taste of being in broadcasting and I loved it! After finishing my Communications Studies degree at UCLA, I taught school in the Los Angeles Unified School District but ultimately, I decided to pursue my dream job as a Broadcast Journalist. My work has now been seen nationally on CNN, CBS, ABC News Live, Spectrum Networks and Fox.
To get this thing started, I went back to radio where it all began. I volunteered at two local radio stations while still working full-time. I volunteered at KJLH-FM, a station I grew up listening to and where I learned the positive impact local media outlets can have on a community. I also worked at KPFK-FM, a public radio station in Los Angeles, where I hosted "The Peters Poll" as a part of a public affairs show. It was my first chance to use social media to interact directly with listeners. I'd pose a question to the audience about a hot topic on Facebook and then read some of their responses on air.
I made the decision to pursue a career in television news. Soon after, I'd move to Greenville, MS to be the Weekend Anchor and Reporter at WXVT. I then moved to WCBI News in Columbus, MS. There I covered the devastation left behind after 23 tornadoes ripped through Mississippi on the same day, taking the lives of 14 people. I also interviewed Sabrina Butler, the only woman in America to be exonerated from death row, as she campaigned around the country to eliminate the death penalty.
I was honored to be acknowledged by the Mississippi Associated Press for Public Affairs in 2014. I was awarded for a 3-part series on breast cancer. My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer the year before and now thankfully she's a survivor. I also taught a communications and theatre class at Mississippi State University, the largest college in the state, as well as Mississippi Valley State University, an HBCU.
After working in Mississippi for 3 1/2 years, I headed north to Buffalo, NY as a Reporter/Fill-in Anchor for Spectrum News. I traveled to Flint, MI to cover a Buffalo-based church as they delivered bottled water directly to the community, after the city's water system had been contaminated. I covered lots of breaking news and around-the-clock severe weather, while filling-in as Anchor. In June 2017, I was honored with a New York State Associated Press Award for Public Service. I contributed to a series of stories about city sidewalk safety after a 7-month-old baby in a stroller was hit by a car and killed.
I moved back to the West Coast in 2018 to work as a freelance Reporter in Seattle. In 2019, Seattle had one of the biggest snowstorms in a century, and I was an integral part of the coverage alerting viewers of the dangers and ways to get help if needed. I also walked amongst peaceful protesters for one of the largest, environmental student protest for ABC News Live. One of the most exciting things I did in the Pacific Northwest, was appear on Seattle Refined, a lifestyle show for KOMO News hosted by Gaard Swanson.
Nearly two years after working in Seattle, I returned to Southern CA - San Diego! I started at CBS 8 at the height of the pandemic in late 2020, working remotely. Still, I was able to really connect with the community and do the work I've always wanted to do: stories about people! I also continued to educate the next generation of journalists at Palomar College in San Diego County, teaching a broadcast and media writing course online.
My time is up in San Diego, but I'll still be in California. Next up: KTVU Fox 2 in the San Francisco Bay area!
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