I’m a southerner by birth, an east coaster by way of North Carolina and now a Hoosier. A tad confusing, but life is good. I love, love to travel.
My other loves: My wife, and three kids. We have a girl who learned to read at three years old and two boys who fight for superiority. Lately anything Star Wars or Disney are their distractions of choice. We home school and my wife says I’m the principal. The truth is, she’s in charge in all ways possible.
Professionally, I’ve worked as a reporter, investigative reporter, evening anchor and anchored in the morning. I’ve worked weekends and every possible schedule. Journalism means a lot to me. I truly believe our work makes a major difference holding the powerful accountable and keeping real people informed about the real world. Jackson, MS is my hometown and where I started my career following my days at Syracuse University. My second stop in Greensboro, NC is where I was voted Best TV Anchor by viewers and Emmy-nominated several times for best newscast along with my colleagues. Aside from daddy duty and work, I enjoy sharing my faith as a minister of Jesus Christ. Feeding hungry families and providing backpacks and school supplies to children are among the most satisfying and humbling experiences of my ministry life over the years. And hundreds of children have learned to swim for free thanks to a partnership with several YMCA branches who supported my vision to protect African-American kids who are three times more likely to die in the water.
Now we’re in Indy! We’re a Hoosier home now and my family is overjoyed about joining the CBS 4 This Morning family. While it means daddy is sleepy, it also means our family is together even more.
For retired Army General Dana Pittard, being a soldier is in the blood. “My father was in the Army,” he said. “So he was one of my first heroes. So I think I was 5 years old when I said I want to be a soldier.” At just 10 years old, Pittard told his parents he wanted to attend West Point. “They could’ve laughed. At that time there were really a handful of African-American graduates of West Point. But they […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — We’re encouraging students to read this summer as we kick off our second-annual CBS4 Reads Book Drive. So there’s no better time to share this story about a young lady who’s not only reading but also writing books. Reading from a book she penned herself, 9-year-old Simia Cox said, “You can hurt people’s feelings by calling them names or teasing them.” Cox is beating bullies with her brains. “Usually when I walk in the school, I always see […]
PLAINFIELD, Ind. – It’s National Military Appreciation Month where the nation salutes our nation’s warriors. You could argue no man or woman says “Thank you” better than Dixie the dog. A dog’s love is genuine, overflowing, and in this case, powered by patriotism. “I always had a place in my heart for veterans, kids you know, however I could figure out a way to help them,” said Brian Calvert. Calvert and his coonhound Dixie make the rounds at an honor flight homecoming […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — We know to expect cars running over 200 miles an hour. We know speed is the name of the game. But not everything moves so fast in IndyCar. In 103 years of speed, more than 51,000 miles, and 3,000 cars, only two African Americans have ever raced in the Indy 500: Willie T. Ribbs and George Mack. But the company running the sport wants that to change, for the good of the sport. “Until you can see […]
For more than 20 years, Jim, Deb and Kevin now shared a studio playing country at Indy’s WFMS 95.5. “We like each other. We do like each other. We’re friends,” Deb said. They’ve seen a lot change. “Have songs now you know talking about your phone burning up. You didn’t have that back with Merle Haggard and Conway Twitty,” said Jim. They’ve rubbed shoulders with a who’s who of country legends – everyone from Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood, to Luke […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — At 1 years old, little Mia Benge already had it much harder than her smile and dainty dresses could show. “Mia at 7 months old would have breath-holding spells. She would hold her breath and pass out,” said her mother Keri Benge. “We had the MRI, and they found a grapefruit-sized tumor behind her right eye. Took a portion of it out. Had to leave a portion because if she would’ve taken any more out, would’ve left me a blind, speechless everything,” Mia […]
BEDFORD, Ind. — “This is my mom. This is my niece Stella. Hopefully she’s cooking some breakfast right now. Are you? Okay good,” Clayton Anderson said. He’s back home in Bedford—back to where it all started. “This used to be my bedroom. Obviously, I’m a big Indiana Hoosiers fan,” said Anderson. “This is a Bobby Knight basketball,” he said with pride. It’s been a little over ten years since Anderson catapulted from a virtually unknown singer to an up-and-comer in country music. Now […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A CBS4 Problem Solvers investigation exposed some out-of-this-world spending at the Marion County jail. It shows your tax dollars are at work paying jail guards at a scale that just doesn’t make sense. On Cell Block 3 West, you don’t want to stay longer than you have to. “Any given day, any given time, anything can happen,” said Deputy Chief Tanesha Crear. “We have inmate-on-inmate assaults. There’s mutual combat in this facility regularly.” But if you work for deputy Chief […]
His business is people, catering a taste of the good life. James Payne is concierge for the Indianapolis Colts and game day host to the rich, famous and powerful. “I wanted to be an experiential guy. Better than the mouse. Better than any NFL franchise,” James Payne said. And his clients? “They’re everyone from the owner of this NFL franchise, Mr. Irsay, to the largest sponsor’s name on the building to the VIP who’s 5 or 6 years old. Those are […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A boy who loves pineapples and coconuts is using pancakes to change lives. That’s the legacy of little Luke Butler. “His wish was to go to a tropical paradise where he could make sand castles with his brothers and see where pineapples grow,” said Erin Butler. Thanks to Make-A-Wish, Luke fulfilled his life’s dream — a trip to Hawaii! “Luke was not the sick kid, and our family wasn’t a grieving family,” Erin said. “We were a family, and it […]