Professional Experience

2016 to present: Investigative reporter, WINK News. Previously worked as a producer at KPRC-TV in Houston, WKMG-TV in Orlando and WINK News.

Awards & Recognition

  • Florida Associated Press Finalist for Investigative Reporting, 2018
  • Suncoast Regional Emmy Nominee for Crime News, 2017
  • Lonestar Emmy Awards, winner for Best Investigative Story, nominee for Best Business/Consumer Story, 2016.
  • Houston Press Club, first place for TV Consumer News, 2016.
  • Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, second place for news series, 2016.
  • National Press Club Award, third place for investigative reporting, 2012.
  • IRE/NICAR, Holly Wisenhunt Stephen Fellowship recipient, 2011.
  • Suncoast Emmy Awards, winner for Crime Story, 2008. Five-time nominee, 2010 - 2014.
  • Edward R Murrow Awards, 2008 and 2009 regional winner for Investigative Reporting.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Service

Cooking, fitness, running, yoga, scrapbooking,  reading the New York Times' travel section, dreaming about places to travel and sometimes going there, watching my husband golf, taking the dog to the beach, rooting for the Steelers and Nittany Lions, and spoiling my nieces and little ‘sister’. I'm also a Big Brothers & Big Sister mentor, volunteer at PACE school for girls and WGCU's radio reading for blind and visually impaired.


Penn State University

Likes best about Southwest Florida

"The people."


Western Pennsylvania.

Florida paid out $11 million in sexual harassment claims to more than 300 state workers

Since 1987, Florida has paid out $11 million to more than 300 state workers who say they were sexually harassed while at work. Out of all the state agencies, the Department of Corrections has paid out the most in settlements: more than $5 million. <a href=’#’><img alt=’Dashboard 1 ‘ src=’https:&#47;&#47;;static&#47;images&#47;Fl&#47;FloridaSexualHarassmentClaims2&#47;Dashboard1&#47;1_rss.png’ style=’border: none’ /></a> INTERACTIVE: FL […]

After Hurricane Irma homeowners struggle with damage, collecting from insurance

Holes in the roof, mold and water damage in the walls, and homes left unlivable are some of the issues still plaguing owners waiting for their insurance claims to come through after Hurricane Irma. Homeowners still struggling Melissa Gonzalez and her husband saved for three years before finally being able to buy their first home. […]

Opinions on offshore drilling could help shape US energy policy

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will welcome public comment on the expansion of offshore drilling at an open house Thursday. A series of meetings are being held across the country through March, where people can speak to subject matter experts before providing their own opinions for BOEM to consider. A federal law currently bans […]

Earth-sheltered homes bring environmentally conscious living to SWFL

Local scientists are building an earth-sheltered home in Southwest Florida in an effort to create a sustainable way of life. The earth-sheltered movement has arrived in Southwest Florida. Or at least one earth-sheltered home has arrived. It’s being built by FGCU environmental scientist Dr. Serge Thomas and his wife, Marsha Ellis, a middle school science […]

Southwest Florida nursing school turns to simulation to overcome a national shortage

No fewer than six nurses in training crowded around Carl Shapiro, a travelling salesman from Chicago. “Code Blue! Code Blue!” one yelled from his room. For the next several minutes, they worked to do CPR, applied shock to his heart and eventually stabilized him. ‘What happened? My chest hurts,” he asked. The entire scenario looked, […]

Cold weather caused Southwest Florida power outages

Around 9200 Florida Power Light customers in Southwest Florida lost power at some point Thursday as temperatures dipped. An FPL spokesman said that as people turned on their heat, it led to strains on the grid that caused power outages. Crews worked to restore power and by the end of Thursday only a few hundred outages […]