I am the multimedia producer for WHO-TV. Originally from Bartlett, IL, a suburb of Chicago, I came to Des Moines to attend Drake University. I joined the WHO team in July of 2012 and I am responsible for posting stories and video to the web and updating social media accounts.

Recent Articles
  • VOTER FRAUD: Auditor To Investigate Schultz

    Iowa’s newly appointed State Auditor has agreed to investigate allegations of improperly used federal money by Iowa’s Secretary of State. Auditor Mary Mosiman’s office will begin looking into fellow republican Matt Schultz’ use of a federal grant to investigate voter fraud. Prior to the 2012 election Schultz hired a DCI Investigator to seek out illegal voters. Critics argue that Schultz paid the agent using funding from the federal Help America Vote Act and that grant money was supposed to be […]

  • UNEMPLOYMENT UP: Labor Force Grows In May

    Despite adding more jobs than expected, the U.S. unemployment rate rose in May. The Labor Department reports the unemployment rate increased 0.1 percent in May to 7.6 percent. They say employers have continued to create jobs at a steady pace, adding 175,000 jobs, but more people entered the labor force in May than previous months. Economists say this is a good sign and signals the economy has withstood the effects of higher taxes and federal budget cuts.

  • TECHEL RETRIAL: Judge Will Remain

    A Wapello County Judge will hear the second trial of an Agency man accused of killing his pregnant wife. The first trial for Seth Techel ended in a hung jury in Wapello County earlier this year. His second trial is set to begin in August in Henry County, but last Friday Techel’s attorney filed a motion to have the judge presiding over the case removed for the retrial, claiming bias. This week the court denied that motion. The trial will […]

  • NORWALK FIRE: Barn Destroyed

    Firefighters in Norwalk battled a fire for more than three hours Thursday. Officials say a passerby called in the fire at a barn-workshop on West North Avenue just after 11 a.m. When crews arrived on the scene the roof had already collapsed leading firefighters to believe the building may have been burning for some time. Two horses and three dogs were saved, but three rabbits perished. The building is considered to be a total loss. They are still investigating the […]

  • DRUG BUST: Sophisticated Grow Operation Found

    Altoona Police say they have shut down a large marijuana grow operation. According to police they were executing a search warrant in the 1000 block of 15th Street Southeast on Wednesday when they discovered “a highly sophisticated grow operation.” The resident, 30-year-old Jacob Willis was arrested and faces three felony drug charges. Officers say they confiscated a large quantity of plants and equipment from the home. Willis is being held in Polk County Jail.

  • RESCUE MISSION: Ducklings Saved From Storm Sewer

    Bettendorf authorities took part in a big rescue mission Thursday morning. The victims: four ducklings trapped in a storm sewer. Witnesses say after they dutifully followed their mama across a street and they all fell into a sewer and became trapped. A neighbor heard the momma duck whaling, but when she tried to lift the storm drain it was too heavy, so she called other neighbors to help. The group of neighbors was able to rescue three of the ducklings […]

  • JOHN DEERE: Dubuque Plant To Layoff 65 Workers

    John Deere Dubuque Works announced Thursday they will be laying off 65 employees in the manufacturing section, according to John Deere’s public relations director Ken Golden. The company informed 65 employees Thursday they will be indefinitely laid off, effective June 24. Though Deere’s recent earning reports have been strong, Golden said, the company has not seen the sales and demand they predicted at the beginning of their fiscal year in November in the construction and forestry division, which is the […]

  • LEVIN VERDICT: Guilty Of Murder And Kidnapping

    It took a Fort Dodge jury just two hours to decide the fate of an Early man accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman. The jury found 21-year-old Kirk Levin guilty of first degree murder and third degree kidnapping. Over the course of the 4-day trial prosecutors detailed how they believe Levin stabbed and choked his mother, Marilyn Schmitt to death at her home in January. Then they say Levin proceeded to kidnap Jessica Vega after luring her […]

  • DROUGHT REPORT: Nearly All Of Iowa Drought Free

    All the recent rain and flooding has pulled most of the state out of drought. The latest drought monitor report was released Thursday by the USDA and the national weather service. Only 1-percent of the state is still considered in a moderate drought.  Another 13-percent of the state is considered abnormally dry. Just three months ago 100-percent of the state was in a drought.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Police Credit Amber Alert With Finding Missing Boys

    Police are crediting an amber alert for the safe recovery of two Iowa children. A 1-month-old and 4-year-old were taken by their mother Tuesday afternoon. Police say Cari Ann Eich did not have legal custody when she took the children from a home in Onawa where they were living with her parents. Police say Eich and her parents were packing up to bring her to a women’s shelter in Sioux City when she instead took off with the two boys. […]

  • PONZI SCHEME: U.S. Bank Facing Lawsuit For Helping Wasendorf

    More than a year after Peregrine Financial Group went belly up following a Ponzi scheme; the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is suing U.S. Bank. They claim the bank knowingly helped former PFG CEO Russell Wasendorf Sr. defraud more than 24,000 customers. The lawsuit alleges that Wasendorf and U.S. Bank held customers funds in an account that was treated like a commercial checking account. The money in the account allegedly went to pay for Wasendorf’s private jet, a restaurant and […]

  • FATAL ACCIDENT: One Man Killed, Another Hospitalized

    Authorities are investigating an early morning crash that claimed the life of one man Wednesday. Police say just after 12:30 a.m. a Ford Ranger and a Dodge Dakota collided in the 6800 Block of Northeast 14th Street in Saylor Township. The driver of the Ford, 60-year-old Don Cameron from Ottumwa died at the scene. Emergency responders took the driver of the dodge, 21-year-old Andrey Kritskiy of Ankeny to the hospital. Authorities say there was heavy rain falling at the time […]