Michelle fell in love with Seattle from the air. Flying over Seattle, she and her husband took one look at the city, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier and said, "We're moving to Seattle!"
Less than a year later, in July of 2000 Michelle joined the KOMO TV and is now our Weekend Evening Co-Anchor and weekday reporter.
Michelle has 10 Regional Emmy awards - two for her reporting on Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). It is the most deadly and lethal form of breast cancer. Michelle discovered most patients never heard of IBC until they got it.. Her reports triggered a chain reaction of IBC reporting around the country and the nation's first IBC Clinic opened in Houston, Texas in October of 2006 - the Clinic's founder said Michelle's reporting helped to pave the way for the new clinic.
In 2008, Michelle won the prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting that showed that cell phone turned off could spy on you - her report showed how software could be used against you to listen in on your phone conversations and for that matter any conversations in the vicinity of your phone. Also in 2008 and 2010, Michelle won the Regional Emmy for Best Reporter. She took home two Emmys for her Problem Solver Reports on James O'Neal 'The Man with Half a Face.' Her reports told the story of O'Neal who was born with a genetic disorder that covered half his face with tumors. Despite his disfigurement James chose to never hide - his inspirational story prompted viewers to donate money for reconstructive surgery.
Her reports on the dangers of a toy (magnetic building sets) led the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall 3.4 million Magnetix building sets. Michelle reported that tiny magnets found inside the plastic building pieces and rods could easily fall out and that those magnets found by young children could be swallowed or aspirated. Michelle's investigation began when she first reported that a 20 month old Redmond toddler died after he swallowed magnets that twisted his small intestine and created a blockage.
Prior to KOMO-TV, Michelle worked in Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Steubenville, Ohio. Michelle grew up outside of Pittsburgh. When she's not storytelling - Michelle is on the golf course as much as possible. She is an admitted hacker.
She adores Washington's backcountry and being on the water; hiking, skiing and snow shoeing, yoga, traveling, show tunes, Frank Sinatra and spending time with family. She loves to cook and entertain; and insists one of her favorite past time is eating good food and exploring Seattle restaurants.