In the South they have a couple of terms for a Northerner; a Yankee, and a Damn Yankee. I was working in Memphis at the time, going on six years. I was encroaching on "Damn Yankee" territory when WMAR came calling. I hightailed it back North. Being from New York and having attended the University of Maryland, College Park, I was eager to trade in BBQ for crab cakes. Terp for Life!
Where else have you worked and what was your oddest job?
Odd jobs:I was a pool boy. I cleaned massive pools along the north shore of Long Island while very rich, kempt housewives laid out in the sun and watched me break my back.
I was a bartender in a Long Island wedding hall. Unfortunately, I know all the words to gawdy dance classics like the 'Electric Slide' and 'Hands Up.'
I rolled cavatelli, a fresh pasta made in an Italian corner deli where I grew up. The woman was a slave driver. They paid me three dollars an hour off the books and worked me 12 hours at a time. They gave me one 15 minute break and fed me ricotta cheese on a piece of bread. Seriously, this happened. I was 14. Then my father the cop found out and well...some things shouldn't be published.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?
I like writing. I love to dig, break news and package it in a narrative way that makes it relative to the viewer. I love finding and framing those raw moments that make you stop whatever you're doing in your living room and look at the TV.
Interesting fact(s) about your personal life?
I own the best dog in the world. I am her world. My wife is jealous.
What do you love about living in the Baltimore area?
I love Baltimore City. Being situated between New York and DC, Baltimore has a real middle child chip on its shoulder, and I totally relate.
This city is going through a renaissance and I am very excited to see it grow and become a class A destination.
Apps you can't live without?
MLB App, Facebook, ABC2 News
What were you like as a kid?
Honestly, quiet. Go figure.
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