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 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 […]
Every crack of the bat smacks of love. Every swing sends strength to a little boy with grown up troubles. “Parker had been a little sick. He had bruises and stuff like that. He had a nose bleed that wouldn’t go away,” said father Brennan Burns of his son, 6-year-old Parker. “We got a call on 10 o’clock in the morning on a Sunday. And that’s when they told us that he had leukemia.” On this day there were plenty of […]
“So, we primarily work weekends.” Amp Harris is talking about touring with his lifelong friend, Indy-born comedian and movie star Mike Epps. “We’ll fill the calendar up with comedy clubs when we’re not doing the big arenas and theaters,” he said. Frank: “It sounds exciting.” Amp: “It’s exciting from afar. But you have to have a really strong mentality.” For decades, Amp has built a career and an image as a “friend to the stars.” Among his closest friends: Colts legend Reggie […]
Summer vacation means the beach, plenty of time in the sun and plenty of reading for a lot of us grownups. But for some reason, cracking open a book doesn’t appear on our kids’ summer wish lists. With that in mind, CBS4 Reads kicks off a massive book collection drive you can join because nothing touches a child like a book. “Any breaks where students are not practicing their reading skills, there’s going to be a little dip,” said Allyson […]
Nothing quite gives you the same feeling as the two words “tax cut.” But the recent Trump Administration tax plan was not welcome news for America’s 1.5 million nonprofits, including 31,000 in Indiana. In the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood across from Hinkle Fieldhouse, their neighborhood has no borders. Kids learn the language of a global economy, and for 25 years, the International School of Indiana has been a one-of-a-kind place to learn. “These are language immersion programs. We have students who are […]