I’m one of those lucky people doing exactly what I aspired to while growing up in East Meadow, New York. I spent memorable summers lifeguarding at country clubs on Long Island and as an usher at Shea Stadium for the New York Mets. I sat in a chair on hot summer days. Then I was told to get a job—so I became a sportscaster.
After graduating from the University of Maryland, the career began at CTV in Largo, Maryland, a Washington D.C. suburb--small station, large market. From the grass roots Mom and Pop events, to high schools, major colleges and pros, the lesson was clear—local, local local.
Along the way came play-by-play opportunities with Coppin State College and the University of Maryland-Baltimore for basketball and lacrosse, anchoring at WTOP radio in Washington, D.C. and reporting and producing the the Baltimore Sun High School Sports Show.
Learn how to do everything I was told. News has also been important to me. I covered all three crash sites following 9/11 and shot documentaries on education, crime, the ecosystem of South Florida, fracking in the Mid-Atlantic and U.S. Marine training in Parris Island, S.C. I’ve been in two hurricanes too. I got wet, the camera stayed dry.
In high school I lettered in soccer, wrestling and lacrosse and in July 2000 completed the Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid, New York. That fits well with the Alaska spirit of the outdoors.
Here at KTVA, our department operates by a simple set of rules: be on time, give 100% and put the team first. It’s amazing what happens when everyone works together without worrying who gets the credit. Watch our sportscasts and we have a different set of rules. Be professional, stay local and have fun. Stories about folks in the community are what we aim for and we consider the state of Alaska our community. Whether it’s the Iditarod, Mount Marathon or high school ball, anything is game.
Business aside though, the greatest joy in my life is my family. I adhere to the principles my mother and father raised me on—doing what’s right. They’re the same values my wife Jenny and I now offer to our children Hannah and Sam. We absolutely love this place. It's home. Every day I’m thankful for coming to Alaska. The people in this state are wonderful and it was the smartest professional decision I ever made. And every day here at KTVA reinforces that.