Well let’s see…in addition to being a wife, mom and grandma, I am a veteran journalist and entrepreneur who wants to help others shine in the media spotlight. As a media trainer, I coach individuals (and groups) on how to self promote in order to grow their businesses.
I was born and raised in Ohio. I have a degree in journalism from Ohio University—not to be confused with THE Ohio State University. I’m a Bobcat—not a Buckeye, although come football and basketball time I root for BOTH!
I was a cheerleader in high school and a member of the Forensics Team. Being a member of the forensics team helped develop my speaking skills. I am forever grateful to David Brunner, my high school speech coach, who made me his personal project and helped me to soar to the level of a national champion.
I’ve always been a communicator. I love to talk and get to know people. I am fascinated with the stories of others and how they’ve overcome some obstacle in life to go on and achieve something wonderful. I knew at a relatively young age that I wanted to work in some form of media—to tell positive stories of people. Unfortunately, traditional media isn’t about the business of telling the “good stories.” They focus more on the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality.
My career has taken me to West Virginia, Boston, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Guantanamo Bay Cuba and Saudi Arabia.
My favorite news directors were Jim Bennett (WITN-TV) and Chris McDaniel (WITN-TV). Jim gave me my first break in television news. He accepted a VERY BAD audition tape but saw something in me that convinced him I was worth hiring. Chris was perceived as somewhat of a tyrant by some folks in the newsroom but he never messed with me much. As a matter of fact, I often saw a softer side of him that he rarely revealed to others.
Something you may not know about me is I worked for Merrill Lynch at one time and learned quite a bit about the stock market.
Although I no longer work in traditional media, I have created my own media platform with a radio and TV show called The Boomer Beat. I am now telling those “positive stories” that I always wanted to tell.