Position: Karie, Arizona's Noon News
Years with the company: Since October 2011 with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.
Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.
Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.
Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.
Favorite food: Italian with red wine. Bread of any kind. Cheese and Fruit!
Favorite spot in Arizona: Flagstaff
News memory that will stick with you forever: The OJ Simpson white Bronco day. I was very new on the air and every two minutes the story changed. It was awesome.
Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.
First job: Selling shoes at Hahn's at the Mentor Mall.
First concert: U2
#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.
Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.