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I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia. When I came here almost a decade ago as a reporter, I quickly identified with our shared values of strong families, a strong faith and personal integrity. I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people living in small towns with big hearts.
As a journalist, I’ve been a fierce advocate for families struggling for access to mental health care and equality in education for students with special needs. I’ve investigated reasons why our workforce must adapt for the careers of the future. I’ve documented the dramatic rise of child abuse and opioid addiction. And I’ve held government leaders accountable while showing how our first responders are left without vital resources.
I decided to leave journalism and run for office after recovering from profound tragedy. In 2015, I was just beginning a new life with my late girlfriend, Alison Parker. Alison and Adam Ward’s murder on television shocked the country and set me on a different path. My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions. Your continued prayers and support now give me the strength to move forward and be a courageous fighter for all Virginians.
I was raised outside of Philadelphia. My father works in advertising and was a small business owner and mechanic. He’s also published two books on racing photography! My mother was a teacher and worked for non-profits, including as Director of Programs for the National Constitution Center. (They are my personal heroes, if you couldn’t tell.) I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College and love to read, kayak, and hike the Blue Ridge Mountains with my lab-border collie mix, Sophie.