I was born in New York City and raised outside of Detroit.  I graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with an Honor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and then took a reporting job in southern Illinois.   I worked there for about five months before taking over as the News and Sports Director at two stations in central Minnesota.  After two-and-a-half years in the frigid cold, I accepted the position at WBAA in June of 2010.  I have really enjoyed my time working in the West Lafayette area.    I love being out in the community covering a wide range of events from school board and city council meetings to elections and football and basketball games.

Community Contributor
8:01 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Tour Guide Discovers Lincoln Road Ghost Town During Urban Beach Week

Urban Beach Week's street festival began this weekend in Miami Beach.
Credit Photo via modlumpkin.blogspot.com

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

Last year during Memorial Day, I hid out along the West Avenue corridor. When I went out on Sunday afternoon to the Lincoln Road Farmer's Market, I was shocked at how empty it was. 

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Caesar Salad: The Most Unconquerable Of History's Salads

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Without a doubt this is history’s most unconquerable of all Caesars!

Go anywhere in the U.S. and, from truck stops to swank spots, this is the one salad you are most likely to encounter.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Jazz Roots Series, The Lowe Art Museum, Chef Norman Van Aken and Florida Keys Calendar

Jazz Roots
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05/24/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz producer extraordinaire, Larry Rosen, brings us the details about his Jazz Roots Series opening at The Arsht Center in the fall. Contributor Judith Bishop speaks with the Lowe Art Museum’s Executive Director, Brian Dursum, about upcoming exhibitions.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Super Bowl For You!

  On The Florida Roundup today at noon:

Dolphins Stadium

The Florida Legislature balked on proposed renovations to Miami Dolphins stadium. A  public referendum (already in progress) on the renovations was called off. And to make matters worse, the NFL denied South Florida a Super Bowl.

Oklahoma Tragedy

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Arts
11:40 am
Fri May 24, 2013

How Costumes Are Saving One Palm Beach Theater

The new Wick Theater in Boca Raton will mount at least six shows next season, including The Sound of Music.
Credit C. DiMattei

A Broward County costume company is breathing new life into a Palm Beach County theater that fell victim to financial hard times.

The owners of Costume World are renovating the 30,000-square-foot former home of the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton and will operate the theater themselves under a new name.

Last year, the Caldwell closed down under the weight of $7 million in debt.

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Education Policy
11:18 am
Fri May 24, 2013

What Did You Learn In School This Year? Tell Us Your Story

What did you learn in school this year? Tell us!
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It was a big year for education policy in Florida.

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Community Contributor
10:51 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Urban Beach Week "Gets A Bum Rap," Says South Beach Resident

Urban Beach Week kicks off this weekend in Miami Beach.
Credit Photo via Flickr

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

 

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Journalism
7:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Final Days Of One Herald Plaza In Pictures

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Last week, the Miami Herald shuttered its building on the bay.

Located at One Herald Plaza, the beige box on the water is affectionately known as 1HP. Conference room meetings were interrupted by someone spotting dolphins. Water spouts could be seen forming from the cafeteria windows. Depending on the person, the building was either a testament to architecture done without aesthetics in mind, or an ideal place to do journalism.

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