My dad likes to tell me that my love of sports began in my infant days when I would fall asleep on his chest while he watched highlights on TV. That very well may be true, but my earliest memories of being enthralled with sports were in elementary school. Each morning before my mom took my younger sister and me to school, I would sit at our kitchen table eating some form of sugary cereal while reading the sports page from The San Diego Union-Tribune. A math lover at heart, I was just as interested in players’ batting averages and shooting percentages as I was in the accompanying articles telling their stories.
I was ten years old when my older brother left for college. It was then that I moved into his Michael Jordan-obsessed bedroom and would only add to the newspaper and magazine clippings already plastered on the walls. In February of 1998, my dad took me to Chicago for the first time to see MJ and the Bulls play two games at the United Center (awkward teenager photo included). I was that fan who made homemade signs while I watched their games on TV and recorded the entire duration of their championship parades on VHS tapes.
After graduating from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Go Buffs! During my entire senior year of college, I served as the sports intern for KCNC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver.
After graduating from college and eager to get into the professional world, I ended up working in industries outside of broadcasting. While I gained valuable work experience, I realized years later just how much I still wanted to pursue my childhood career dream.
In 2014, I began graduate school at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University. At ASU, I had the opportunity to cover the Super Bowl in town, was the beat reporter on the Phoenix Suns, covered Arizona State baseball, men and women’s basketball, NFL players’ offseason training, MLB Spring Training and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Returning to my hometown of San Diego, I worked as a sports multimedia journalist for The San Diego Union-Tribune during the summer of 2015 and provided video content for the sports section of their website. I primarily covered the San Diego Padres but also reported on the San Diego Chargers, Comic-Con, the Del Mar Horse Races, Junior World Golf Championships, and the 2016 MLB All-Star logo unveiling.
I chose to spend my last capstone semester of grad school at Arizona State’s Los Angeles sports bureau. During my time there in the fall of 2015, I was assigned the Los Angeles Angels beat. In addition to providing Angels coverage to KEYT-TV, I also covered USC and UCLA, CIF Southern Section high school football, USA water polo and beach volleyball. My profiles on high school football players were featured on Fox Sports West and KEYT-TV’s Friday Football Focus.
On top of my rigorous full-time Master’s program, I worked with the Pac-12 Networks throughout the 2014 and 2015 NCAA sports seasons assisting their production and talent crews during home football and basketball games at Arizona State and USC. I provided them with game highlights, interviews, and postgame coverage and was part of their crew during feature shoots on USC football and volleyball.
After earning my Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Arizona State in December 2015, I joined FOX Sports San Diego, where I worked in a variety of different roles as a PA on the production side San Diego Padres broadcasts for the entire 2016 MLB season.
On a personal note, I am a proud daughter, sister, and aunt to five precious kiddos and am eternally grateful for my family’s constant support and unconditional love.