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.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — You likely won’t believe this, but the CDC estimates more than a third of the 10th grade kids in America have experienced dating violence. Now IPS has a program viewed as a national model to help. “I saw someone push their girlfriend very hard,” Zariah Townsend reads. “I saw someone cry because they were being mistreated.” This is high school. Zariah continues reading, “And out of nowhere I heard a girl crying while her boyfriend was calling her […]
Much of this you know. Kindergartners, ABC’s and 123’s. Only the Spanish variety. “Listen to Ms. Penaloza they say” in a classroom steeped in Espanol. 80% of what you hear in this room happens in Spanish. Teacher Brenda Penaloza said, “Lots of movement. Lots of you saw in the classroom where I have a picture of what we’re supposed to be doing. ‘Respetuoso’ is this. ‘Amable’ is this. So then they start making the connections.” This is dual language learning, and it […]
What if your child told you their day at school was truly fun? Some of “Indiana’s Very Own” say every day is fun. Those students attend Edison School of the Arts. Laila Adams is just 13-years-old, and she’s already tried almost everything. “So this year I’m in band and orchestra. In previous years, I’ve been in film, theater, dance. I do a lot,” Laila said. Edison School of the Arts provides plenty of chances to explore—from orchestra and band to visual arts […]
FRANKLIN, Ind.– There might be fewer than 2,000 Pearl Harbor survivors still alive, and CBS4 found one in Franklin. Dr. Phil Clinger was just a teenager when he was thrust into the most infamous and deadliest military attack on U.S. soil. To join the Army on the brink of the second world war, Clinger had to lie about his age. “I said I was 21 ’cause you had to be 21 to go in without your parents’ permission,” he said. […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Ninth-grader Mallory Hopper first noticed an issue with her eyes at school. “I was getting like headaches and I couldn’t see everything as well,” she said bluntly. A visit to her eye doctor turned up a familiar story. “We use tablets in school. We’ve used chrome books. I’m on my phone,” she said. “I’m 14 (years old) so that makes sense but…” All those screens were taking a toll on her eyes. “They’re like oh, you like have […]
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 […]