I was born in Guelph, in southern Ontario and raised in nearby Orangeville. I knew that broadcast journalism was what I wanted to do the day I watched the Ronald Reagan shooting on television. I graduated from Fanshawe College's School of Broadcast Journalism in London,
Ontario. I worked as a radio news and sports anchor at CKLY in Lindsay, CFCO in Chatham, CFOS in Owen Sound and CKWF Peterborough, Ontario. I was also a sports anchor at CHEX TV in Peterborough. During my time in Peterborough, I was a freelance writer for the Toronto Star.
I moved to Toronto and came out from behind the mic at CP24, City TV, CBC and Sun News Network where I was a news writer and senior producer. I was also the national news promotion voice for Sun News Network.
Among my career highlights I would list covering the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs including the Stanley Cup playoffs and the World Series. Recent news highlights include breaking the story of the huge Sunrise Propane explosion in north Toronto as well as the solemn but very moving Jack Layton funeral. I have been covering the political beat since before Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister.
But, after more than a decade in "the Big Smoke" and Toronto television news, I've decided a change of quality of life is in order. Toronto obviously has lots to offer, but it has its downsides as well, most notably the state of its professional sports franchises.
When asked about how I would deal with winter in Yellowknife, I mentioned that during my time in Peterborough, I had become a snowmobile enthusiast and learned to embrace winter, rather than fight it. I am extremely excited about working in the north and expect to meet many interesting people and experience a unique part of this great country.
I'm very proud to be a member of the CJCD MIX News team.