Q: What season did you first start working at Harpo?
A: Season 11, August 1996
Q: Did you always dream of working for Oprah?
A: No, I did not dream of working for Oprah. The opportunity came to me. It must have been part of my destiny.
Q: How did you get this job?
A: I knew people who worked at Harpo for years, and when I was living in L.A. in 1992, I was asked to help out on the Rodney King verdict riot shows. After that I helped on various shoots in L.A., and a few years later I was offered a full-time job in Chicago.
Q: What were the first words that Oprah ever said to you?
A: "If you had lipstick on, your look would be perfect."
Q: What was it like meeting Oprah for the first time?
A: I was in awe.
Q: Working at Harpo, what has been the moment that most stands out for you?
A: It was this November in the control room after our show on John of God when Oprah said, "To be able to put the message out into the world that we are not who we think we are is such a powerful message for those who are ready to receive it. It's the reason you do this show and the reason you were chosen to work on this show." She also said this was the most powerful show she's done in 25 years. Now that was a standout moment for me.
Also, Oprah's 50th birthday in Santa Barbara and the Mediterranean cruise—the trip of a lifetime! And any show that made a difference in people's lives. There were a few, including puppy mills and factoring farming.
Q: Name a little known fun fact about you that others wouldn't typically know.
A: I clip coupons and regularly use them at the grocery store.
Q: Share the best memory from a show that you worked on.
A: Oprah and Gayle in Yosemite and being on the red carpet and backstage at the Oscars(R).