When I was eight years old, my Grandfather gave me his 8mm Bolex film camera. I wrote ideas into scripts and gave roles to my friends. I stole my brother’s action figures to create stop motion movies. My childhood hobby turned into an obsession when my mom bought a Hi8 camcorder for me when I was 13.
I took that creativity and curiosity with me through college – where I spent the Oklahoma summers chasing storms across the southern Plains. I intercepted severe storms and watched tornadoes form through my camera’s viewfinder. Not long after I started chasing weather, an Oklahoma City television station called. I joined their team as a freelance chaser and grew into one of their lead photojournalists producing content that regularly aired on ABC, CNN and the Weather Channel.
My growth as a photojournalist outpaced the innovation of news technologies. I got frustrated with the outdated ways we gathered news. My friends and I developed software and hardware allowing the live streaming of severe weather. In 2002, F.A.S.T. Video was born – the first live-streaming video platform used by Oklahoma City media. The following year, the station offered a full-time position. For more than six years, I worked with a team of amazing photographers, reporters and producers to cover some of the biggest events in Oklahoma’s history – including the arrival of Oklahoma City’s first professional basketball team.
On April 18, 2008, I covered the story of an Oklahoma businessman who had secured the votes to move the Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma City. Less than a year later, I accepted a job as the Manager of Broadcast operations for the newly-renamed Oklahoma City Thunder. I started working on show opens and special projects for the broadcasts that aired on Fox Sports. I designed a new production edit facility that served in-arena programming, as well as the telecast. Our team won our first EMMY® Award for a telecast that included an open I created for the Thunder’s first playoff game.
In 2013, I took what I learned with the Oklahoma City Thunder to a new sports city. As Executive Producer for a new network created to cover the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, I assembled a team of producers, directors, and photographers to create multi-platform programming and in-arena content. Our online audience quickly grew to more than one million viewers per month. Our team earned numerous honors, including consecutive EMMY® Awards.
After my time with Monumental Sports came to an end, I joined a Boston business development firm as a consultant. But, I missed creating exciting, compelling content for television and the web. A unique opportunity came up with the National Hot Rod Association.
I went to the 2015 finals in Pomona, California, and was hooked. I moved to Los Angeles that year to become a post-production supervisor. Los Angeles became a home for my creativity. I've never felt more a part of a creative community than I have here in LA. This city, these people, all have a passion for their craft and that inspires me. The energy in this city is incredible and I still feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I get to drive onto a studio lot, one of these shrines to everything I've ever been fascinated by from that first time I shot something I wrote using my Grandfather's 8mm Bolex film camera.
56th Annual Emmy Awards
Member of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Caps Red Line
Wizards Magazine: The Journey
NBA on FOX
Segment Producer & Tech Manager
Executive Producer & Director of Broadcast Operations
Oklahoma City Thunder
Manager of Broadcast Operations
Special Projects Producer