Get 2 Know Me
- My family moved to the Houston area when I was 11. I’ve also lived in Abilene, El Paso, San Antonio, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Utah, Idaho, Uruguay and Jerusalem.
- Attended Brigham Young University in Idaho and Provo. BYU also has campuses in Hawaii and Jerusalem. Why didn’t I go there? Good question.
- Married to my favorite person, with four children: Olivia, Malachi, Elijah and Elena; plus a Doberman mix, Rooster.
I traveled to Cairo from Jerusalem to cover the Arab Spring. In small towns along the way, nobody knew about the protests, and news channels didn’t show them. Without access to internet or phone, I wondered if I’d missed the story.
Then I arrived at Tahrir Square, where one million protesters forced their president to resign. Turns out, the government ran the news channels and initially ignored the protests.
It was a profound lesson on the value of a free press.
Forget yourself and go to work.
A favorite quote, from Bryant Hinckley.
I moved to Uruguay after high school for two years. On my way to the airport to fly home, I asked the taxi driver what he’d do if he could move to the states and start over.
The quiet, older man yelled “SERIA UNA PERIODISTA!” I’D BE A JOURNALIST!
His passion inspired me, and later experiences confirmed journalism was the right fit.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 • 10:29 AM
Hurricane Ike survivor prepares to ride out Hurricane Florence
It is decision time for more than one million people under mandatory evacuation orders along the coasts of North and South Carolina and Virginia and residents are all asking the same question: Do I...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 • 11:58 PM
Flooding, power outages reported as Gordon slams Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm Gordon slammed into the eastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, flooding roads and causing minor damage to some homes, but the storm missed Louisiana and most of the Mississippi coast almost...
Thursday, August 30, 2018 • 3:12 AM
Man shot to death by authorities after attempting to run over trooper in east Houston, officials say
Members of a Harris County Violent Crimes Task Force shot and killed an aggravated robbery suspect in east Houston on Wednesday after authorities said he "used his vehicle as a weapon."
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 • 3:24 AM
Family sues funeral home for $50 million after woman's body mistakenly cremated
Roberta Salazar died peacefully and her funeral was planned carefully, her children said. But instead of embalming Salazar's body, Grace Funeral Home burned it and, a new lawsuit claims, gave the...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 • 4:12 AM
Protesters boycott El Tiempo restaurant after owner takes picture with AG Jeff Sessions
People drove from as far as San Antonio to support El Tiempo Cantina on Houston’s east end after protesters vowed to “shut it down” over a picture of the executive chef with Attorney General Jeff...