In addition to being a reporter, you're a gospel singer. Tell us how that came to be and how you manage both.
I've been singing since I was thirteen. I started singing in churches and eventually in nightclubs. My breakthrough in music happened in New York City. While working as a reporter for WWOR-TV, I also headlined at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem performing jazz, R&B, and gospel. After leaving New York I continued singing but concentrated on gospel. For me, there's no better form of music. It literally lifts your spirit and makes every burden lighter. While I keep a hectic pace as a reporter for FOX News, I remain very active in performing in churches or other events where I'm asked to sing or speak. I always juggle my singing around my work schedule.
Where and how did you start your journalism career?
I was sixteen years old in Hagerstown, Maryland. I worked as a radio announcer for a local station doing live broadcasts of high school football games. From there I developed my own radio program featuring the top musical groups in R&B. Also, I wrote entertainment articles for my high school newspaper at St. Maria Goretti High School. Fortunately, I was able to snag some high profile interviews for the paper...Muhammad Ali, Richard Rountree, and a report on the Jackson 5.
My love for journalism and music began quite early and continued through college at Oral Roberts University. After college, I entered the U.S. Army and got a real taste of journalism. I anchored, wrote, and produced a daily 5-minute newscast about the 24th Infantry Division/Ft. Stewart, Georgia. The news program aired daily on WJCL-TV and more than 15 radio stations in Savannah.
I also worked as a reporter for "The Patriot," an award-winning Army newspaper in Fort Stewart. When I was assigned to overseas duty in Mainz, Germany, I continued working as a journalist for Army newspapers. I was fortunate enough to have one of my articles printed in the coveted "Stars & Stripes" newspaper. One moment I fondly recall is the Papal visit to Germany. I remember standing ankle-deep in mud on a rain-soaked field near Mainz reporting on Pope John Paul's historic visit to Germany. It was worth every sneeze I made afterwards.
Name one thing you absolutely couldn't live without.
I can't live without faith in God.
Your first car?
A 1973 Monte Carlo. I thought I was so cool.
Favorite movie of all time?
The Lion King! Don't laugh, I saw it with my kids and even cried.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
The glass is always half full. I'm always trying to fill it up to let it overflow.
Who's had the greatest influence on your life?
My single parent mother — June Lorraine Overton. What a lady!