I’m writing to let you know that I’ve resigned from KBTX. I’ve made the choice for now to pursue opportunities outside of television news.
When I first came to the Brazos Valley in May 2004, I could have never imagined the length of my tenure and the breadth of the experiences I have had here. I knew quickly that this is a special place. It grew quickly to be a place I love, and love to call home. For a military brat who moved quite a bit growing up, I cherish my roots here.
I have had the chance to get to know our communities at home, the fine people who make them great and the stories that shape them. At times, I’ve traveled this state, reporting from its biggest cities and its smallest towns on a wide range of issues and events that impact us here. I’ve gone to this state’s capitol and to the nation’s in order to hear from those you have sent to represent you. I spent two weeks in Afghanistan to bring you stories of Texans and Aggies in one war, and spent a week in Belgium to show you a remembrance of Aggies who had served in another. Come January 20, I will have covered five presidents and had the chance to ask questions of three. I helped helm a football pre-game show that found its way onto screens in Aggieland and beyond. And I spent a weekend in New York around a young man who would win a Heisman.
If you would have told me nearly 13 years ago that I would have had all these opportunities and so, so many more here, I likely wouldn’t have believed it. I’m awe-struck by what I’ve had the chance to do.
Having been a part of many versions of the KBTX team, I can tell you without hesitation that the one in place now is easily one of the finest in my time here, and surely, one of the finest in our station’s six decades serving the Brazos Valley. In a time where journalists and media organizations have come under scrutiny – some deserved, some not – you should be proud of News 3, its professionals and their search for information. Continue to trust this family to give you what you need to make the best choices for you and your family each day.
I’ve picked up a few honors from my peers over the years, but the biggest honor I can ever get is from a viewer who has a compliment, a “thank you” or a prayer. I’ve been blessed to get so many of those. They have bolstered me. I’m forever thankful for your viewership and your support. Beyond asking you to stick with the great team at KBTX, my only other request would be for any thoughts and prayers you would offer me during this time.
I’m truly, humbly excited about what’s to come for me, and I hope you will be, too.
From the bottom of my very full heart, I thank you.