Reporter, 19 Action News
Something most people don't know about me: I shook Ronald Reagan's hand when I was 7 years old.
My cell phone: I have a BlackBerry. I still don't know how to use it.
Biggest turn-on: When you can tell that a guy loves God and his mom. That's going to get you past the first date.
Biggest turnoff: Wimpy handshakes, man jewelry and loud grunters at the gym.
I own too many: Shoes, shoes, shoes and more shoes. My mom tells me, "We raised two kids on less money than you make." I said, "Yeah, but your shoes weren't nearly as cute as mine."
My favorite place in Cleveland: I spend a ton of time in the Metroparks. I roller blade there, I bike there, I run there. I also love sitting by the lake with a good book. sports team: St. Louis Cardinals. I'm from St. Louis. I lived there when Mark McGwire hit the home run record. That happened right before I moved here, in fact. book: The bible. I also love Tuesdays with Morrie. It's a good manual to read for life perspectives, and it's very well-written. vacation destination: I love Charleston, S.C. I was born there, and I've gone back there once. I love the antebellum styles and the quaint, old-school feel of the place. dessert: The bread pudding at Sushi Rock. I've never had anything like it. It's nothing at all like your grandmother's bread pudding. blog: It's written by my dear friend who I love like a sister. She anchors the morning news in Columbus and gives funny insights into being a parent.
Facebook: yes or no? I just recently got on. I fought it tooth and nails for years because it reminds me of high school: "Can you be my friend?" I'm like: "You weren't even nice in real life!" I also don't like this Facebook tagging because I don't get to pick the pictures!
My usual hangout: I go to Sushi Rock quite a bit — the irony is I don't like sushi. I order their spinach rolls, or their salmon, or bread pudding.
In high school I was voted most friendly and personality. Plus ironically my first love, Brian, and I were voted cutest couple, which is funny because now I'm doing a singles interview.
My passion: Telling stories about people to people. I love finding good stories that are moving and compelling and insightful. I'm lucky I get paid to do it.
My best feature: My personality. I can pretty much get along with just about anyone.
My bad habit: I snack too much. I've got a sweet tooth.
My first kiss: It was in eighth grade, and it was not all it was cracked up to be.
My guilty pleasure: Spending too much money on sales at DSW. I know I don't need another pair of shoes, but there's something about finding a great pair at 75 percent off that just makes me so happy.
How my ex would describe me: Outgoing, warm, compassionate toward kids and elderly, and an animal lover
Blonds or brunets: Definitely dark
Going out or staying in: Staying in — 100 times over, staying in. A perfect New Year's Eve, for me, is hanging out with my friends and their kids and playing Wii. I spend all day under three layers of makeup. When I get home, I want to relax.
Early, late or right on time: I'm going to have to go with late. I'd be lying if I said anything else. It's my New Year's resolution this year to be on time more though that was my resolution last year, too.
Dogs or cats: I love them both. Ironically, I'm allergic to both though it doesn't stop me from owning them. I have a huge soft spot for abandoned and neglected animals.
My longest relationship: Four and a half years. It was with one of the greatest guys I know.
Beer, wine or martinis: Wine — unless I'm out on a boat on a summer day — then beer for sure.
Roses or chocolates: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. I have a huge sweet tooth.
My No. 1 dating rule: Just to keep it real. In general, it's not a good idea to have too many rules.
My deal-breaker: He has to love kids. He has to have soft spot for kids and animals. Bonus points if he has older relatives he treats well.
I hate when a date orders seafood. I can't even look at seafood.
Worst pickup line: "Do I know you from somewhere?"
If you could marry anyone: Ben Stiller. He's like the guy version of me.
On a first date I never eat what I really want to. I order salad with no dressing. Then I come home and have cheesecake.
Best place to meet someone: The best place to meet someone is doing stories — just not the jailhouse interviews.
Most unusual place I've met someone: At the Feast [of the Assumption] in Little Italy. I was reporting on the parade, and down came this really handsome guy on a float. He was like, "What are you doing after the parade? Want to have dinner?" We did end up having dinner.
My take on Cleveland's single scene: It is what you make it. I get sick and tired of people saying it's terrible. What I say to them is move. I think there are plenty of good people here just like everywhere else. It's up to you to find them.