Bachelor of Science in education, Concord College, 1987; Master of Arts in journalism, Marshall University, 1993.
Radio personality WMTD Radio, Hinton, West Virginia, 1986-1988, 89-90. Teacher Monroe County Schools, Union, 1988-1989, 90-91. Journalist The Register-Herald/Beckley Newspapers, 1993—2002.
Employee Oklahoma State University School Journalism & Broadcasting, 2002—2003, Department Mass Communications, Shepherd University, 2004—2007, Marshall University Würzburg-Page Pittsburgh School Journalism & Mass Communications, since 2007.
Pianist, choir member, drama director Fairview Baptist Church, Forest Hill, West Virginia, since 1982. Camp counselor Summers County 4-H Camp, Hinton, 1985-1989, 94-95. Member West Virginia Professional chapter Society Professional Journalists (secretary/treasurer 1994-1995,vice president 1995-1996, president since 1996, national ethics committee 1995-1997).