Out with the old and in with the new! Another year has come and gone. It’s a time to look forward to 2019, but also to look back at some of the highlights of 2018. Here are my top 10 (not ranked in order):
1.) Speaking to students at BSR Media Conference
Spoke to students at the College at Brockport in 2018 as part of the BSR Media Conference. My session focused on social media and personal branding, and how it’s used on the job as broadcast journalist on a daily basis.
2.) Trip to Bahamas
This Caribbean island has always been on my bucket list, and I finally got to cross it off in 2018. You can’t beat the warm sunshine and crystal clear blue water. I stayed at the Sandals resort in Nassau and loved taking a boat to get to a small island which is also part of Sandal’s property. Another highlight of this trip was taking an excursion to the Exuma islands to swim with the pigs, feed iguanas, and swim with sharks.
3.) Emceeing Museum of disABILITY history 20th anniversary fundraiser
I was honored to emcee the Museum of disABILITY history’s 20th anniversary fundraiser and auction in March of 2018. It’s the only museum in the country that is dedicated to advancing the understanding of people with disabilities. Advocacy and awareness is very close to my heart, because my brother Polyvios is on the autism spectrum.
4.) Emceeing Empowered Fashion Show
In 2018 I emceed the Empowered Fashion show in North Tonawanda to benefit International Child Advancement’s Vocational Sewing Program in Africa. The dress I wore was designed by children from an orphanage in the Congo. I enjoyed having the opportunity to promote this great non-profit!
5.) Articles featured in Buffalo Healthy Living, Totally Buffalo, and Hope Rises News
I feel very lucky to have a platform as a TV reporter to raise awareness about important topics, and also welcome any opportunities to do it in other ways too. In 2018 I was featured on Totally Buffalo, Hope Rises News, and publication Buffalo Healthy Living. I love being able to spread autism awareness, my brother’s story, and how family has shaped my life.
6.) Trip to Pittsburgh
Love checking out different cities! Loved the view from Mount Washington and checking out a Pirates game.
7.) Anchoring opportunities
I grew a lot in my career in 2018 as a reporter on the morning show, but also as a fill-in anchor. More reps and experience is the key to becoming stronger in just about every career, not just TV news!
8.) Scuba diving on live TV
I have never been scuba diving in my life – let alone on live TV! But in 2018 I got my chance to do it at the Erie County Fair. Instructors with “Go Dive Now” travel around the country, on a mission to promote scuba diving for people of all ages. I got to wear a specialized dive mask with a built-in microphone so I could talk underwater, and you could watch me through a monitor!
I’ve done a lot of fun features like this on Wake Up, and you can catch a snippet of some of the fun things I’ve done as a morning reporter here: https://vimeo.com/304938887
9.) Laguna beach/San Diego trip
Loved visiting my best friend in Southern California 🙂 The highlights were hitting Laguna Beach, getting close to giraffes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and seeing sea lions and seals at La Jolla!
10.) Buffalo Healthy Living cover
I was absolutely thrilled to be the December cover model for Buffalo Healthy Living! I loved working with photographer Tess Moran for this fun holiday themed shoot, and the Beauty Atelier also did a fabulous job with my makeup.
I talked with publisher Annette Pinder about my career in TV news, my family, and autism advocacy. I am thrilled about having different platforms to raise awareness about causes that are close to my heart. I am so used to being the one who asks the questions on the job at News 4, so it was fun to have the roles reversed and be the one who was being interviewed instead.