I know it seems cliche' but time really does fly! It seems like only yesterday that I walked through the door here at 2 On Your Side.
"Yesterday" was actually in February of 1996. My wife Sarah and I had just one child then, Brenna had just turned 2. That little girl is now in college, her two younger siblings are in high school and middle school respectively. All of that in the blink of an eye.
Throughout those years I have had the honor and privilege to serve in many roles at Channel 2. I came here as a reporter, then became a weekend anchor, then sat in the Daybreak chair for nearly 11 years and now I am back on the street, telling the stories of my home town. My most proud professional accomplishment was winning a regional Edward R. Murrow award, an Associated Press award and a New York State Emmy all in the same year. What made it even more gratifying was that two of them were for my series "Unknown Stories of WNY". I am a history nut, and this series allows me to dive into the forgotten stories and people that have made this area what it was, and is today.
I was born in Buffalo, went to Immaculate Conception Elementary School, The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts and SUNY College at Brockport. My dad taught many years in the Williamsville School District. My mother worked in area politics, at one time serving as Delaware District Councilmember.
Away from the station, you will most likely find me at an ice arena. I still play, but also coach both girls and boys hockey, along with soccer.
Before coming back to Buffalo, I worked in Rochester television at WHEC (NBC) and WROC (CBS). I also made the rounds at several radio stations. I joked that coming back to Buffalo marked the first time in my career that I held only one job.
I love the sense of humor, whimsy and sarcasm captured by Irish blessings. A few of my favorites:
"May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future."
"Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last."
"May those who love us, love us; if they don't love us, may God turn their hearts; if he can't turn their hearts, may God turn their ankle so we can tell them by their limp."