St. Cloud has always been a second home to me. After growing up in the town of Paynesville, I moved to Sartell to begin my college career at St. Cloud State University, majoring in Mass Communications. In my time there I mostly focused on the television side of things, spending most of my time with the campus television station UTVS. While at UTVS I did many roles such as news anchor, reporter and sports anchor for our many live newscasts. I even did play by play for the football and basketball games that we had televised. However, I didn’t just limit myself to television. While putting myself through school I worked with Leighton Broadcasting in their sports department, doing many things behind the scenes and over the air. Upon my graduation from St. Cloud State in 2012, I began to find that first opportunity to enter the broadcast journalism world and to my excitement landed here at WJON as a field reporter/news anchor. I love what I do and can honestly say that I never think of my job as work. While I cover all news in our listening area, my main beats are Waite Park, Sartell, Sartell-St. Stephen School District, Rice and Arts/Entertainment. I am also the host of Rush Hour weeknights from 5p-6pm. Feel free to message me for any possible story ideas. Outside of the news room my pastimes include sports, music, hanging with my family and just enjoying the great Minnesota weather.
Justin Ploof to Kick Off Summertime By George Concert Series
We now know who will be the first headliner for Summertime By George.
Sartell Planning ‘Slightly’ Altered SummerFest Celebration
Sartell's annual summer festival will have an abbreviated look to it.
MDH Confirms COVID Related Death Involving School-Aged Kid
The Minnesota Department of Health says a child under the age of 10 has died from complications related to COVID-19.
COVID Concerns Postpones Joetown Rocks Again This Summer
For the second year in a row an annual St. Joseph festival will not be happening.
Waite Park Family Fun Fest Canceled, Plan to Return in 2022
Waite Park has announced they have canceled their annual summer celebration for the second year in a row.
Governor Walz Loosens Restrictions as COVID Case Rate Improves
Governor Tim Walz says he plans to loosen up some of his COVID-19 restrictions as hospitalizations and the positivity rate continue to decline.
60 St. Cloud Base Soldiers To Deploy to Kuwait Next Week
Roughly 60 soldiers from central Minnesota are heading to Kuwait and Iraq.
Socially-Distance Fitness: Finding Ways to Keep Your Kids Active
As we strive to keep up with our daily exercise routines, it's important to make sure your kids stay active too.
Waite Park Officials Feel Better Prepared to Open ‘The Ledge’
Despite not holding a single concert this year, anticipation continues to grow for Waite Park's newest entertainment venue.
Students to Return to School, Bars & Restaurants to Remain Closed
While students will have the ability to return to the classroom, bars and restaurants will still not be allowed to welcome guests to indoor dining.
Powder Ridge Opens For the Season This Weekend
You and your family can hit the slopes at Powder Ridge in Kimball starting Friday.
Where to Drop Off Your Ballot in Benton County
With the news that mail-in ballots arriving after Election Day are at risk of being invalidated, voters are asked to drop off their ballots in person.