Born in Detroit, raised in Plymouth, and a proud graduate of Michigan State -- in the grand scheme of things, I guess it only makes sense that my TV career would bring me back home after working at stations all over this great state.
I was a Detroit TV junkie as a Vernors-drinking, Sanders hot fudge-loving kid. I watched all the channels and remember all the personalities from the newscasts, and all the characters, too (Sir Graves Ghastly anyone?). I'm just old enough to remember when you had to get up from the couch to change the channel, before cable.
If you had told me as a wide-eyed 10-year-old that I would one day report and co-anchor for WJBK, I wouldn't have slept for a year. I think it's one of the coolest gigs a guy could have.
As FOX 2's feature reporter, you will most often see me doing the "fun" stories that I hope balance out a lot of the bad news we see in the world (though I cover those serious stories, too). I've been privileged to interview presidential candidates, report from inside the clubhouse and dugout at the World Series, and fly with the Blue Angels without throwing up or losing consciousness.
Showing incredible news judgment, my talented bosses also have assigned me to play goalie against the Red Wings alumni, shoot hoops with Tom Izzo and the Spartans, and survive a week in Europe with Bruce Willis as he promoted his latest Die Hard sequel.
My favorite stories, though, are the ones that keep me in Detroit-- like "investigating" the origin of the Coney Island hot dog and the friendly feud between Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island downtown. Trivial note: I won my first Emmy for a report called "Motor City Mispronounced" (LAH-ser or LASH-er, and so on).
I've worked as a news anchor/reporter at stations in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City and Alpena. At various points, I have also anchored sports and weather, and reviewed movies. I'm thankful my career has been filled with such variety.
Since coming to FOX 2 in August of 2004, I've been fortunate to win 8 Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of NATAS, two Associated Press awards, and an award of merit from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
But I was even more excited when my broadcasting students at Davison High School won both state and national awards in 2002-2003, and one of my students won a $40,000 scholarship from the National Television Academy. Teaching is its own reward, and I have a new respect for the men and women who pursue this noble profession.
Leaving the Flint market and coming home to Detroit meant I had to leave my classroom, but I'm still active in conducting seminars for MSU students and area high schools. And I couldn't be more proud that several of my DTV students have since begun their own TV news careers at stations around the country.
In 2007 I officially became "Luckiest Man Alive" when I married my colleague, best friend and soul mate, Taryn Asher, in a sunset ceremony on Miami's South Beach. From time to time you can spot us co-anchoring or co-reporting, which we appreciate having grown up watching John Kelly and Marilyn Turner, Detroit's first married TV couple.
In my spare time, I write short stories and screenplays, and pursue the occasional bit part as an amateur actor. An old DJ who loves music I've been known to spin classic funk, soul and retro at friends' clubs from time to time. As for sports, Go Tigers, Go Wings, Go Pistons, Go Green/Go White, and, um, Go Lions?
Thanks for watching FOX 2, Detroit! It's good to be home.