SARASOTA - The title says "Amazing." I promise, I did not write that.
Outside of my mother, the list of people who describe me as amazing is pretty short. I may be amazingly boring. Fortunately, for you and me, with this notable exception, I tell stories about other people for ABC 7.
In short, I write stories, I take photographs, and sometimes the music in my head comes from my own hands. I know all of three chords on both guitar and piano. I can't read music, but that doesn't stop me from trying to write it.
Like many of us who live here, I grew up up north, mostly in the Pennsylvania suburbs of Philadelphia, and had the good sense to leave. I won four varsity letters in high school swimming for a team that won its league championship all four years. That suggests more credit on my part than I deserve. My primary athletic claim to fame came during a gym class physical fitness test when I did 330 push-ups in a row. I can still do more than a hundred, but I just ate a big meal, so we better wait an hour before I prove it.
I did not know what I wanted to do with my life when I went to college at the University of North Carolina, but when I started working for the news program at the campus TV station, that kind of decided for me. My GPA was nothing to write home about, though it was something that my father often wrote to me about!
Since then I have reported everything from the fluffiest feature to the hardest news, sports and even traffic over a career at enough places that I have compiled an impressive collection of license plates. I also own a sideline video business telling people's life stories. (Learn more on its Facebook page, http://facebook.com/VideoBiography)
Whatever the subject, it has always come down to telling someone's story. Here at ABC7, my work has begun to draw notice. In 2012, my anchoring earned an Emmy nomination, and I won a second place award as "Anchor of the Year" in the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine State Awards.
That's right. Our little weekend newscast stacks up against the best in the entire state. So there you go. Something almost amazing.