Every life is full of complicated nuances. My life could be summed up in "phases" of development.
Phase 1: My first professional job in 1989 was at the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, New York. TV News became a passion. I was lucky to work with an amazing group of journalists at WSTM-TV. We believed we were the Knights of the 4th Estate. From there, I traveled to Michigan (WWMT-TV) to work at the Lakeshore Bureau. The 24/7 grind of working at a bureau was challenging but rewarding. I enjoy the adrenaline of journalism. Lake Michigan became one of my favorite places.
The bureau life ended when the bureau closed. I went to the competition, WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids), to work the assignment desk as the Assignment Manager. Guiding news coverage was a great experience and it taught me a lot about managing people. After a year of being cooped up in a newsroom, I became antsy to get outside, meet new people everyday and tell their stories, so I headed to Cleveland, Ohio (WKYC-TV). WKYC-TV became the place where I felt I was at my best. I had great mentors, good friends and it became home for 16 years. I transitioned from daily news to long-form documentaries and programs.
Phase 2: Cancer patients can give you the perspective and inspiration you need to take a risk. Life is short so make every moment count. After working on 31+ documentaries, mostly medical documentaries, I decided to go back to school and earn a PhD. I also wanted to live in Scotland, as it was always one of my dreams. I did both but not without the sacrifices it takes to make a radical change in lifestyle.
Phase 3: To fund my PhD, I created my own video production company, Cleveland Convergence. I was able to produce videos for the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, PNC, Telling Industries, Fox Sports, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and many others.
I loved working with the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. Being on the sidelines, covering a Browns game, was a thrill and something I will always cherish.
Phase 4: Finally, the road less traveled reveals a new life and the attainment of goals. I am teaching at Georgia Southern University and enjoying the fantastic academic environment. My new inspirations revolve around research and teaching.
I hope to give students the inspiration to achieve their dreams.
Televsion News Gathering Influences
University of Sheffield, UK
PhD in Journalism
Dissertation: Television News Construction in Converging Environments: Emerging Paradigms and Methodologies.
Newsroom Production Efficiencies
The affects on ethical journalism.
Elimination of Craft Individuals from News
The impact of the multimedia journalism on production.
Economic Influences on Journalism
Corporate pressures on local TV stations.
MPS - Media Administration
Rochester Institute of Technology
BS - Film/Video