I am a TV journalist, writer and inspirational speaker who believes everyone has a story.
Over the past 25 years, I am fortunate to have met people who have shared stories of some of their most compelling moments. My own story converges around life-changing experiences that have guided my heart and charted my direction.
When I was 15, I had a loving, supportive mother who died at age 44 of a brain tumor.
Like many "motherless daughters," I charted a course toward workplace achievement.
I had been a writer for years, but a trip to a local TV station ignited a desire to become a television journalist. I eventually landed at the NBC affiliate in my hometown of Indianapolis where I reported and anchored the news for 20 years.
I was drawn to stories of hope, faith and resilience of the spirit. I initiated an ongoing series called "Hope to Tell." Those stories took me all over the world.
I interviewed people of diverse faiths. The common denominator of their stories was growth from hardship.
Once again, a "mother" changed everything.
In 1996, Mother Teresa granted me a rare interview.
The trip to Calcutta was a watershed experience. My encounter with Mother Teresa redefined my career but also deepened my personal faith.
In 2002, at age 42, I had another "in an instant" experience when our son died at 24 weeks gestation in a miscarriage that nearly took my own life. I put the brakes on life in the fast lane.
My own "in an instant" made me realize I didnít want to miss any more of my young daughterís special moments, the recitals and ballgames. I quit the anchor desk to pursue freelance reporting, writing, speaking and motherhood.
My husband Kevin, daughter, Jenny, and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. "In an Instant" gives me the opportunity to meet remarkable people and share inspirational stories that make a difference.
I am a grateful messenger. Your story is the message.
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