Of all the stories I’ve done in nearly 15 years of reporting, perhaps no story made my relatives more jealous than this one. Not only did I get to meet a Beatle, but I got to see a pretty cool reunion that was nearly 50 years in the making.
Of course, a few folks asked if I could get them a Ringo autograph. I usually don’t feel comfortable asking interview subjects for autographs, and in this situation, there was just no appropriate opportunity. Plus, I’m not totally sure how Ringo responds to autograph requests after his video announcement a few years ago.
One of the best parts of my job is that I get to experience amazing moments — the stuff everyone is talking about — in person. When San Francisco transformed into Gotham City to help grant the wish of a young cancer survivor, I witnessed it all firsthand. Here’s our story on the incredible BatKid.
I’m humbled and thrilled to announce that I’m joining NBC News full-time as a network correspondent. I’ll be based out of Los Angeles, reporting for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, MSNBC and more.
On Tuesday, I wrapped up my final day at KING 5, which was certainly bittersweet. I’ve had the opportunity to work with incredible journalists over the past three years. I can’t thank news director Mark Ginther enough for his leadership and support. I’m also grateful to chief photojournalist Scott Jensen and photographers Jeff Christian, Matt Mrozinski and Douglas Burgess, along with all of the amazing photojournalists who make KING so special.
My first official day at NBC News is next Monday, October 21st.
Special thanks to my former station KARE 11 for mentioning my new gig on-air and online:
I had the honor of returning to Seattle a few weeks ago so we could tell this touching story for the Today Show’s “Hope To It” series. We met an incredible 3-year-old girl named Remedy — or, as many prefer to call her, “Super Remedy” — who has the maturity of someone twice her age. I find that’s a common trait among strong kids who are battling illness or living with a disorder. They seem to grow up much faster than their peers.
We flew to Salt Lake City, then drove 2.5 hours east to the town of Roosevelt, Utah, so we could tell this incredible story about a high school football coach taking a stand. As the coach told us, it’s not that he has a team filled with bad kids. He was just growing concerned about kids missing class and getting poor grades — the kind of problems that practically every high school coach probably deals with. On top of that, there were rumors of cyberbullying.
He needed a team-wide attitude adjustment, so he stripped the entire team of their jerseys and immersed them in a lesson about character. Parents were shocked at first, but everyone we spoke with supported the coach’s dramatic action.
After spending 8 days in flood-ravaged Colorado, we ended the week with a positive “Making A Difference” story about some incredible volunteers who are using social media and old-fashioned elbow grease to help with the cleanup.
Lots of legal twists and turns in this case out of Montana. A judge originally sentences a convicted rapist to 15 years in prison, then suspends all but 31 days. But it’s his comments during the sentencing that sparked national outrage. Now his efforts to change the sentence have hit a roadblock. Our story from Saturday morning’s TODAY Show.