Associate Producer / The Oprah Winfrey Show
Q: What season did you first start working at Harpo?
A: Season 23
Q: Did you always dream of working for Oprah?
A: Who wouldn't dream of working at The Oprah Show? Yes! It's been unlike any other experience I've had working in television.
Q: How did you get this job?
A: I was working at ABC News in New York at the time and applied online. I didn't know anyone at Harpo and thought my chances were a long shot. Several months later, a Harpo recruiter called me. I met with them in New York and several weeks later they flew me to Chicago to meet with various members of the staff. After a round of interviews, I got the job!
Q: What were the first words that Oprah ever said to you?
A: Hi, how are you?
Q: What was it like meeting Oprah for the first time?
A: It was in the hallway. I saw Oprah's dog first and was petting away when I looked up, and there was Oprah! I was in a bit of shock—this wasn't how I anticipated our first meeting. It was surreal to meet her!
Q: Working at Harpo, what has been the moment that most stands out for you?
A: Our "Heroes in Hard Times" show was very humbling and emotional for me. I was proud to be part of a show that was shining a light on selfless people who spend their lives helping others and ask for nothing in return. I worked on a segment about a couple who ran the Arena Motel in South Dakota. It's a tiny motel where half the rooms were rented out to homeless families who had nowhere to go. One of the toughest challenges this couple faced was feeding all of their guests. Providing them with a free room was the easy part. So, as part of this show, we surprised this hero couple with $10,000 worth of free food from their local grocery store. Seeing their reaction and knowing we'd just lifted a huge burden for them is one of the reasons I LOVE working at The Oprah Show.
Q: Name a little known fun fact about you that others wouldn't typically know.
A: I performed at the White House.
Q: Share the best memory from a show that you worked on.
A: Does meeting the gorgeous Hugh Jackman count? I'll never forget our election show—looking out onto our stage and seeing a sea of new American citizens, who had just voted in their first-ever election, was really memorable. It was meaningful to hear their heartbreaking, personal stories—how many of them had made it to America after huge hardships and to then hear how symbolic it was for many of them to finally be able to vote in their first election. It was inspiring and very emotional. There was a lot of work involved in finding the right guests for this show, but seeing them standing next to Oprah on show day, with their beaming smiles and "I just voted" stickers, made all of the work well worth it.