I believe this will be a great fit for me personally and professionally. The tools will be there to develop new ways of telling the weather story each morning, all the while learning from talented broadcasters with more experience than I have. WQAD utilizes Weather Central Fusion Studio, which is the same equipment that WREX beta-tested several years ago. WQAD also has a strong commitment to cover severe weather. The station reported live after the devastating Moore, Oklahoma tornado for several days...finding and sharing the stories from folks in the Quad Cities who were either impacted or lending a hand. I hope to carry on that level of expertise.
Rockford, Illinois will always be my hometown and I will be proud to say I was born and raised here. Of course I will miss doing the weather and meeting the people who make up this great place. I will miss the kids' faces at "Project: Tornado," dressing up for Halloween on Harlem Boulevard, kayaking the Rock, and floating down the Mighty Kish. But now is the right time to move forward. I am grateful to WREX for allowing me to be myself all these years and for WQAD for believing in my abilities as a Broadcast Meteorologist.
I would like to thank everyone who has given me the encouragement and know-how to get where I am today. I am incredibly grateful and excited for what's coming up next.
I will be taking my Social Media accounts with me to the Quad Cities. Please join along in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. My last broadcast at WREX has not been determined, but it will occur in the last few days of June.