I’m originally a Kansas girl, but am no stranger with Sioux City. My dad actually grew up here (Kevin Mobley sound familiar?!), and he even grew up watching KCAU 9 news. Crazy, right? I consider it the sweetest gift to be begin chasing my dreams on my dad’s old stomping grounds. I see why he loved it so much - you all have welcomed me with open arms, and I am forever grateful for that.
Being a reporter has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. I remember making a speech in Mrs. Thomas’ 7th grade speech class about what we wanted to be when we grew up. I can still see that poster board I propped up on the easel in front of the class: in big, bold letters it read “NEWS REPORTER”…and now 10 years later, that dream became a reality.
I think I knew I had the “news bug” when I woke up one morning at a sleepover. I heard firetruck sirens going past the house my friend lived at, and I absolutely had to know where it was going and what was happening. So what did I do? I chased it down…pajamas, slippers, the whole 9 yards! As you can imagine, my friends thought I was nuts. That’s when I knew there was a dream planted in my heart deeper than I could even understand at the time.
As I’ve grown up, my desires and intentions behind this career have changed a lot. I see what news is becoming in our world today: a lot of entertainment, a lot of darkness, and let’s be honest, a lot of bad news. My heartbeat is to bring any little speck of hope or light I possibly can to any corner of news I am covering. Some days, the reality is I just have to deliver the heart wrenching stuff because that’s the world we’re living in. But the days when I get to tell somebody’s story that never would have been told otherwise, or I get to give somebody a voice, or I get to introduce the community to the good that is happening in their own backyards…those are the days that make this job every bit worth it.
With that said, I would love to tell your story! Please feel free to send anything and everything my way. And if you ever see me out in the community please come and say hello! Those interactions are always the BEST part of my days around town.
In my free time I love all things coffee, purple (GO CATS), fitness, and am a youth group leader to some wildly fun, hilarious and precious middle school girls at Sunnybrook Community Church.
I truly consider it the highest honor to keep Siouxland informed, and to tell your stories in a way that I hope yields positive change. More than anything I am thankful to have a job that allows me to cross paths with some of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.
Siouxland, thank you from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes every night.