Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa!

Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa! (November 17, 2012)

It was a fun week, but it's also nice to get back to the news biz.  I picked a busy day to return. As you know, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is visiting our area today. He will be speaking at Carter Machinery in Salem today at noon.  Be sure to join us on WDBJ 7 for live coverage of his speech. You can also catch it live streaming, right here at
Have a great week!
Monday, June 11
Hello there!  Hope you can join WDBJ 7 at Noon, 5, 6 and 11 today for live reports from the White House.  Our own Hollani Davis is up there for a one-on-one interview with President Obama, as well as behind the scenes looks inside the White House  You won't want to miss it!
Hope you had a chance to get outside this weekend and enjoy the sunny weather!  My kids and I spent a lot of time at the pool.  On Saturday I took my daughter up to Mill Mountain Zoo for a birthday party.  The weather was perfect...and it's always a special time to ride the Zoo Choo.  We also walked up to the Mill Mountain Star.  How lucky we are to live in the Roanoke Valley, where we can see the world's largest manmade star every day!
We are heading on vacation next week... how about you?  Please send me your family vacation plans, along with tips on keeping the kids occupied on those LONG car rides!  I will share my story with you when we get back. 
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Tuesday, May 1
I enjoyed a trip down memory lane last night, when I had the pleasure of serving as emcee for William Byrd High School's Open House.  I am a 1989 graduate of Byrd, and loved seeing the many improvements made to the school. As part of a larger Roanoke county-wide project, the school has added a new administrative office wing and auxiliary gym. There are also great improvements to the auditorium and new classroom space.  I always feel at home whenever I visit there. So, it was truly an honor to be a part of last night's dedication.  My station photo was even included in a time capsule!  Very cool...
Hope you can tune into WDBJ 7 Mornin on Thursday for this week's "Early Years," when we tackle the topic of bullying.  We'll chat with the self-proclaimed "Bully Expert" Tom Ramsey. He's a self- defense trainer and martial arts instructor who is offering a workshop this Saturday to help teach kids how to handle bullies. The key, he says, is to keep the bullying from happening in the first place by using verbal, non-violent methods. Tune in Thursday morning for details!
Tuesday, April 24
It's not every day that you meet a person who is truly extraordinary. But a couple of weeks ago, I did.  Hopefully, you saw my piece last night on WDBJ 7 at 6, "Disability Ability." It was a "hometown hero" profile of 32- year- old Stephen Grammer, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. He might suffer from this disease, but I found that it doesn't define who he is. Stephen spends many hours a week volunteering at places like the Roanoke Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House and Goodwill Industries.  Someone in his shoes might very well sit quietly in a facility, but Stephen makes the most of the abilities he does have.  He took it upon himself to email these organizations, asking if he could be of service to them. What a shining example of determination and generosity for the rest of us!  I so enjoyed meeting Stephen and his roommate, who kindly took Stephen into his home, and is helping him live as normal a life as possible. Getting to meet people like these is one of the best perks of my job!
Let me also say how proud I was to see all of the young runners (and their parents) taking part in the YMCA Kids Marathon Saturday morning, in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Marathon.  I ran along with my seven-year-old son, and had a wonderful time!  I work out regularly, but am not much of a runner, so I really had to work to keep up with him for that mile downtown!  It's so special for families to get to play hard together...
Monday, March 26
I can't believe March is almost over. It has been a busy month for us. My son, Chris turned 7 years old on the 7th of this month. We did some home improvements around the middle of the this time of year to sprucing up the house!  And yesterday, my 3-year-old daughter, Caitlin had a little milestone of her own. She went with her little best friend to get their ears pierced. It may not sound like that big of a deal, but to a little girl, it is. I'm proud to say that Caitlin was a little trooper, and didn't cry at all. Just another sign that she is getting bigger...I'm sure you parents out there can relate.
Although it's going to cool off a bit this week, spring is here and spring break isn't far away.  In this week's Early Years segment on WDBJ 7 Mornin' Thursday, we will talk about a spring break camp being offered at Green Ridge Recreational Center in Roanoke County. Tune in for more details about that. I will also link some information about other spring break camps in our area to our Web site,  Got to keep those kids busy!

Thursday, March 15
Spring has sprung. Wait, how about summer has arrived! I am definitely loving the temperatures this week. Yes, it is very early, but I will take a taste of summertime whenever I can get it.  My hubby has been on vacation this week, and we've been getting a lot of work done around the house.  There's just something about this time of year that makes me want to re-do everything...
March Madness is also happening. That means you won't see WDBJ7 at Noon either today or tomorrow due to NCAA basketball.  But you can stay informed right here at, as well as on our later newscasts.