Growing up, Katie's father thought she would be a lawyer, her mother thought she would be a writer. She believes she somewhat combined the two and became a journalist. Telling stories about the community is what Katie has a passion for!
She is currently the morning Traffic Anchor for Good Morning Jacksonville, then the main anchor for First Coast News at Noon. She also does general assignment reporting for the evening newscasts. Katie joined the First Coast News team in May 2012. She moved to Jacksonville from the Tar Heel state where she was the Greenville Bureau Chief and Weekend Morning Anchor at WCTI NewsChannel 12, the ABC/FOX affiliate in New Bern, NC for two years. Prior to that, she began her journalism career at WHIZ in Zanesville, OH.
While in Jacksonville, Katie has covered more tropical storms than she can count, but one of the highlights of her FCN career was being sent to New Jersey to cover Superstorm Sandy. She has also covered the Michael Dunn murder trial, the disappearance of toddler Lonzie Barton and following the journey of conjoined twins Carter and Conner. In 2014 she was named one of "Jacksonville's 30 Under 30" to watch.
One of the most intense experiences in her reporting career was covering Hurricane Irene. The hurricane eye made landfall over WCTI's viewing area and left towns and homes destroyed. That experience reinforced why she wanted to become a reporter. Katie wanted to be there to give people the information they needed to stay safe and share their stories when they needed help.
Katie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Electronic Media and a minor in Business. While in college, Katie got her feet wet in journalism through an internship at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was also awarded the Fredric R. Ziv Award by the University of Cincinnati's Electronic Media Department which gave her the opportunity to move to New York City for a summer internship with CBS's "Guiding Light."
Outside of news, Katie loves being involved in the community. She volunteers at Wolfson Children's Hospital and is an advocate for adopting animals from local shelters. If you would like to say hello, she would love to hear from you! Write her an email or post on her Facebook page!