I am a sportscaster with a love for storytelling and football analysis. My ambition, drive and passion for sports pushed me to work my way up from intern to production assistant, news photographer, sports reporter and now sports anchor/executive producer at WBIR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee.
During my eight years in TV, I’ve had the privilege to cover the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments, the Stanley Cup Final, bowl games, a game-winning Hail Mary and the craziest coaching search in college football history.
My first passion project as a sports reporter at WBIR was starting my 'Film Study' segment, which was nominated for a regional Emmy in 2015. I spent countless hours in my spare time pouring over Tennessee football game video and forming relationships with former Vols coaches Mike Bajakian and Butch Jones to take the fans on a deep dive into the X's and O's of the game each week. I have continued the segment over the last few years, improving my knowledge of the game and presentation skills along the way.
Storytelling is another interest of mine. In the summer of 2017, I developed an idea for a mini-documentary series called “10Sports Presents.” Over the last couple of years it’s been a lot of fun working with my sports team to make that dream a reality. I produced, shot, wrote and edited the latest installment, “Peyton Stays,” about Peyton Manning’s decision to stay at Tennessee for his senior year.
I enjoy challenging the status quo and coming up with new ideas. Recently, I’ve created a popular Helmet Stickers segment for our Friday night high school football show, started a podcast and led the sports team on a project commemorating the 20th anniversary of Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team with 15 television stories, numerous digital elements and an hour-long special. I shoot, write and edit my own stories and also post to our website and run the sports department’s social media accounts.
My love for sports started on the fields of Oakland Park, Florida where I played as a kid and in the stands at Miami Arena, Hard Rock Stadium and BB&T Center, watching games with my dad.
FOOTBALL ANALYST REEL
My football analyst reel includes my latest work from the 2018 season breaking down the X’s and O’s of Tennessee football.
0:00 - monitor break down of Clemson’s pick six in the national championship game.
1:57 - package explaining how the Vols set up explosive plays in a win over no. 11 Kentucky.
5:19 - creative package explaining how Missouri used RPOs to rack up points against Tennessee’s defense.
7:15 - package explaining the passing concepts the Vols used for success on third down against South Carolina.
9:56 - using monitor to show Tennessee’s offensive line picking up a stunt against Alabama
10Sports presents peyton stays
Nico mascia: vols catcher, future surgeon
Clad in big orange: the story of the 1998 national championship
Inside a tennessee basketball summer workout
Sammy shines for gresham gladiators
February 8, 2019 6pm sportscast - offering perspective on the changes to Tennessee’s football coaching staff.
February 16, 2019 morning sportscast - previewing the top-five matchup between Tennessee and Kentucky
January 25, 2019 11pm sportscast
Sports Anchor/Executive Producer, WBIR-TV
SepTember 2016 – Present
-leading the sports department at the NBC affiliate in a transition to emphasizing storytelling, analysis and creative content
-main anchor for sportscasts at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. focusing intensely on local sports
-write articles and post video to wbir.com, run WBIR Sports Twitter (13k followers), Facebook and Instagram accounts
-created the two-time Emmy nominated mini-documentary series "10Sports Presents"
-continued weekly "Film Study" segment, breaking down the X's and O's of Tennessee football
-hosted half-hour ‘Sunday Sports Talk’ show after Tennessee football games
-producer and co-host of Friday night high school football show, the 10Sports Blitz. Created popular helmet stickers segment for the show.
-participated in TEGNA sports pilot program, teaming up with other innovative minds in the company to come up with segments reflecting the future of local sports
Sports reporter/mmj, WBIR-TV
January 2014 – September 2016
-report on Tennessee Volunteers and SEC, high school sports and local minor league teams for WBIR, Knoxville's NBC affiliate
-anchor 10pm sportscast three nights per week on Fox43
-created weekly segment- 'Vols Film Study,' breaking down X's and O's of Tennessee football (Emmy nominated)
-co-host of 'The Blitz,' Friday night high school football show
December 2012 – January 2014
-Shoot and edit VO/SOTs and packages
-Run live shots using microwave truck and LiveU backpack
-Edit video and opens for newscasts
High School Football Producer, WBIR-TV
July 2011 – December 2012
-Shoot, write, and edit high school football stories and highlights.
-Assist with production of Friday night high school football show, "The Blitz."
-Keep website updated with scores, highlights, polls and content.
-Weekly radio appearance on Tennessee Sports Radio AM 1180
Production Assistant, WBIR-TV
January 2012 – August 2012
Prepare studio for newscasts. Operate studio cameras (pedestal and robotic), give talent cues, run audio board.
Bachelor of science in communication
University of tennessee-Knoxville, May 2011
Major: Journalism and Electronic Media
Internships: WBIR-TV sports department, DeLand Suns baseball broadcast, Knoxville Ice Bears hockey broadcast, TNJN.com sports writer