I am a media professional based in the outside of Charlotte, N.C. with a passion for journalism, public relations and all things media. I graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with concentrations in broadcasting and journalism. I also received a certificate in public relations and digital marketing at WCU.
My journalism career began when I was staffed by The Western Carolina Journalist, an online news source part of the curriculum of the Department of Communication at Western Carolina University. I often mingled on-air with Power 90.5, the local WCU radio station, on several occasions to do weather reports and shows. Toward the end of my undergraduate career, I produced several videos for the Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus (formerly Cantaria: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Asheville) in addition to photography. I spent my final semester of college interning with The Sylva Herald, an award-winning newspaper based in western North Carolina, as a writer and reporter.
I now write for the Hickory Daily Record in Hickory, N.C. as a multimedia journalist and general assignment reporter. In this position, I’ve reported on crime, local, weather and more while focusing in business and economical developments. Although we have a full-time photographer, I often shoot my own photos and edit videos.
Music & other interests
I am a former member of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps based out of Rosemont, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The all-male corps is governed by Drum Corps International, also known as “marching music’s major league”. As a part of my membership with The Cavaliers, I spent the winter months flying to Chicago to rehearse and prepare for the summer season.
The summer consists of training and touring across the United States performing in competition against other corps. Performing with The Cavaliers has been one of the most rewarding opportunities in my life, and I often think back to how the organization shaped me as a person. The Cavaliers are the third-most winning drum corps in DCI history, winning seven DCI Championships. I marched with The Cavaliers in 2016 and 2017 and worked for the organization in 2018 as their Social Media Manager.
Through all of my years of experience in marching band and drum corps, my goal in music is to be able to help young individuals succeed in their endeavors to perform and compete. Although it is not my main career choice, music is an important aspect of my life and teaching is my way of giving back.
Since April 2015, I have been a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity at the Omicron Epsilon chapter. I served as Secretary from April 2016 to April 2017, Assistant-Fraternity Education Officer and Public Relations chair Spring 2017, and Vice President Fall 2017. I now serve as the Alumni Relations Officer.
“Let me say my decency comes from inside. Just human heart, a decent mind. We all slip up from time to time.” – Architects U.K.