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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
  • MOVING FORWARD: Greenwood Park Improvements

    Des Moines City Council moved forward with a plan to improve a city park Monday night. The city plans to make more than $300,000 in improvements and repairs to two detention basins in Greenwood Park. Greenwood is one of the city’s most popular parks, but each summer it is pond is overtaken by algae blooms that reduce recreation in and around it. The majority of the cost of improvements will come from a grant from the DNR’s Resource Enhancement and […]

  • FARM BILL: U.S. Senate Passes 5-Year Legislation

    Halfway through 2013 and congress is finally making some headway on unfinished business from 2012. Both of Iowa’s senators are pleased with the 5-year farm bill which passed by a 66-27 vote in the U.S. Senate. They say the bipartisan bill continues many of the efforts of past farm bills, closes loopholes, and reduces federal spending. “While I continue to have concerns about the potential impacts of the shallow loss and target price programs created in this farm bill, I […]

  • GROCERY ROBBERY: Two Women Charged

    Two women were arrested after stealing nearly $900 worth of groceries and assaulting an employee. Ankeny police say 41-year-old Calleus Orr and 34-year-old Tessa Davis robbed the Hy-Vee on Ankeny Boulevard on June 9. An employee saw the two women pushing a cart full of un-bagged groceries out to their car and asked them to show a receipt for the items, police say Davis took out a can of mace and sprayed the employee in the face. Davis and Orr […]

  • SEXUAL ABUSE: Former Teacher Charged

    A former Montezuma teacher is accused of sexually abusing four students. Twenty-seven-year-old Derek Bates was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of third degree sexual abuse, four counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee, three counts of intent to commit sexual abuse and one count of indecent contact with a minor. The victims are all 12 or 13 years old. Bates resigned from Montezuma High School last October. At that time he admitted that he gave one of […]

  • SENATE RACE: Another Republican Candidate Expected

    A conservative radio host from northwest Iowa plans to announce his U.S. Senate intentions on Monday. Sam Clovis of Sioux City will hold an event on Monday where he is expected to announce a run for the seat that will be vacated by Senator Tom Harkin in 2014. Clovis says he has consulted with family and friends about the run. He is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former fighter pilot. If Clovis enters the race he will be […]


    A ceremony will be held Sunday to honor two fallen Iowa firefighters. State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds will present U.S. flags to the families of 60-year-old Larry Nielsen and 36-year-old Daniel Penrod, who both died in the line of duty in 2012. Nielsen was Chief of the Gilmore City Fire Department. While responding to a barn fire, he suffered a heart attack and died. He was a 41-year member of the Gilmore Fire Department. Penrod was working for the Logan […]

  • FATAL ACCIDENT: Lanes Reopened On I-80 Near Colfax

    One person is dead after an accident on Interstate 80 afternoon Friday. Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a crash between a semi and two cars at 2:45 p.m. near Colfax. Deputies say a car driving west rear ended another car causing the second car to hit a semi-truck parked on the side of the road. The driver of the car that hit the semi died at the scene. Two people in the first car and the driver of the […]

  • GAS TAX: Gov. Changes His Mind

    Governor Branstad has switched gears on his plan to increase the gas tax. He says even though infrastructure improvements need to be made raising the gas tax is not the way to go about paying for them at this time. “It appears that it’s going to be a continued diminishing resource, the gas tax, and I think because of the high cost of gasoline and diesel fuel the public is strongly opposed to it and I think it puts a […]

  • ON ALERT: Johnson County Still Facing Flooding

    The Army Corps of Engineers are keeping a close watch on the levels of Coralville Reservoir and the Iowa River. The reservoir level fell to 707 feet Friday, but forecasted rain has the potential to push that back up and create flash flooding downstream. Over the next 14 days, the area is expected to see more wet weather, including 0.5 to 1 inch of rain overnight Saturday. As a precaution all flood protection measures put in place last week will […]

  • VENUE CHANGE: Flooding Moves Living With Floods Concert

    Flooding has pushed the free concert celebrating five years since the floods of 2008 indoors. The water has receded from the stage and area around Simon Estes Amphitheater, but not enough to hold the Living with Floods Concert there Friday. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at the Venue on Court Avenue instead. Doors open at 7 p.m.

  • MAN IDENTIFIED: Homicide Investigation Continues

    Des Moines Police had identified the man found shot to death overnight Thursday. Investigators say 35-year-old Steven Harmon was found at a trailer storage yard on East 17th Street. Police first responded to a call about an assault around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, but it took police some time to find Harmon’s body. Sgt. Jason Halifax explained the discrepancy, “She was pretty vague initially about what had happened. She wasn’t able to give us a solid address. The phone that she […]

  • EVANSDALE CASE: Authorities Consider Klunder And Other Leads

    The search for a missing Webster County teen will resume Saturday. Authorities believe Michael Klunder abducted 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard and her 12-year-old friend on May 20. The younger girl was able to escape, but Kathlynn has not been seen since. Flooding caused the search near the Des Moines River to be stopped last week, but now that the river has gone down the search will continue. The kidnapping prompted authorities in Black Hawk County to take a closer look at […]

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