I have known that I wanted to tell stories since I was 8 years old.

I remember frequent trips to a children’s museum that had a mockup of a TV station studio and telling my mom that I wanted to be a news anchor. But, since then things have changed, my interests have evolved and my passion for storytelling is as fiery as ever.

My passion has brought me here to the sports desk at the Perham Focus. I couldn't be more excited to start my newest adventure in my journalism career especially in a community I have come to love and call home. I am so excited to showcase the heart of athletes, coaches and fans from all around our community. Because isn't that heart what makes small town athletics so great?

Even more now, with the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 sports have become even more cherished especially in our small town communities. The excitement, passion and anticipation surrounding sports in the Perham community is fuel to my flame and I cannot wait to continue to tell its stories.

But, it isn't just that small town sports feel that I thrive off of. My journey has taken me from high school sports coverage to Division I athletic coverage at South Dakota State University, where I recently earned my bachelor's degree. During my time as a Jackrabbit, I covered the women’s soccer beat, wrestling and cross country. I watched Jacks soccer clinch three Summit League titles and watched even more athletic programs prosper.

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College is where I found the love for game day action and the opportunities to experience It whenever and wherever I could.

Beyond just the college sports scene, I also had the opportunity to work with operations crews for ESPN’s College GameDay when they came to Brookings, S.D., to cover the much anticipated Dakota Marker Game with North Dakota State University. I don’t think I will ever forget making a cup of tea and bringing hand warmers to Lee Corso on that blustery South Dakota morning.

Outside of the journalism realm, I enjoy painting and drawing. Most often I have a cup of coffee or tea in my hand. I love to just get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery that this area has to offer. I enjoy spending time with my family, four wheeling in the summer and enjoying the Northern Minnesota living.

I have learned a lot and grown a lot through my career as a journalist and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me behind the Perham Focus sports desk.