Birthplace: Orange, CA
Education: Master of Arts Degree, Television & Radio Broadcasting, San Francisco State University.
Bachelor of Arts Degree, English, University of California, Riverside.
Current Position/Job Duties: Weekend Morning Anchor/Multi-Media Journalist
Previous Work Experience: I started my news career in 2009 at KCWY in Wyoming as the Fremont County Bureau Chief Reporter. After that, I moved to the Tri-Cities in Washington State, where I was the Morning Anchor & Producer at KEPR/KIMA Action News.
Joined 23ABCnews: September 2013
Most Memorable Stories: Marijuana legalization in Washington State affecting youth culture, and national news stories in Wyoming such as a Burlington Northern freight train derailment into a town’s water supply, and extensive floods in Fremont County (declared a disaster area by President Obama).
Awards/Honors: 2013 & 2012 Emmy Nominee for Best Morning Show, 2011 Best Reporter by the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters.
News Philosophy: Viewer advocacy
Role Models: Ann Curry, Betty Nguyen, Tricia Takanawa (from Family Guy)
Favorite Sports Teams: Giants, Angels, Seahawks
Favorite Music: Electronic Dance Music
Favorite Movies: Life or Something Like It, Black Swan, Bridesmaids
Favorite Programs: Grey’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, Saturday Night Live
Favorite Books: The Power of Now, The Secret
Hobbies/Interests: Video games, caffeine, running (at a snail's pace), sports cars, manual transmissions, the news, Japanese culture
Hidden Talent: Was on the girls varsity golf team
Pets: A precious tabby kitten named Jelly
Something Most People don't know about me: I am half-Japanese
What I like best about Southern California: My mom and dad live here!! (Murrieta, CA)
On the weekends I love to: Well nowadays you can catch me anchoring at the crack of dawn, but previously I loved to sleep.
You're most likely to see me around town: Cruising around in my Miata, pretending that it's a Porsche.
Additional Info: My dad used to make surfboards for a living, but I’m terrible at surfing!