Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to visit my professional website. I’m Stormy! Yes, that is my real name. Sadly, I hate storms. As you can see already, this page will be slightly less formal, but I wanted to share a bit more about what I do and my personality.
First off.... WOW, it has been a crazy year. I'm not sure if a word has ever been more over-used (or more true) than "unprecedented" since the COVID19 pandemic changed the world as we know it in March 2020.
My first season as a Rinkside Reporter/Host with my home town Vegas Golden Knights didn't end until September... Literally one week from the day I broadcasted my first PRE-season game with the team a year prior. The VGK also ended its season in a bubble in Edmonton with no friends or family (or team reporters) in sight. My position during the broadcasts was actually in a socially distanced restaurant at the team practice facility in Las Vegas. Instead of "rink-side" I was "kitchen-side," but thanks to an incredible production team at AT&T SportsNet and the VGK, we made the most of some unique circumstances. In truth, despite the challenges, every day we were on air, healthy, working and talking hockey felt like Christmas.
Anyways, I highly doubt you came to an "About Me" page to hear about the pandemic so let's move along :)
In addition to covering the Golden Knights for AT&T SportsNet, you can also find me on the sidelines for ESPN College Football or hosting a variety of shows for VSIN THE Sports Betting Network on Sirius XM.
Prior to coming back home to Vegas, I was on the opposite coast working in-house as a Reporter and In-Stadium Emcee for the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. The Queen City is also where I got my start with ESPN/SEC Network and Raycom Sports. My journalistic career did, however, begin out West--The Mountain West to be exact, where I was trained as a “one-man-band” (one-lady-band?) multimedia journalist, covering all 18 of the league's men's and women's sports.
My passion for sports can be traced to my upbringing. My dad was on the 40-man roster for the St. Louis Cardinals back in the day and my mom was an elite gymnast turned coach here in Henderson. I was raised playing and watching every sport in the book, from basketball to bowling. (Side note: I’m not as skilled on the lanes as I once was, but I did roll my first 200 as a 9-year-old.) Even in elementary school on the playground, I was the frequent pick for “all-time QB” at recess because I had such a good spiral.
While I may not be the star athlete of my parents’ dreams, I have the pleasure of talking about the sports we all love for a living.
What has always been fascinating to me about athletics is the unparalleled way that sports can bring people together. The most unlikely of bonds can be formed through playing on the same youth sports team, being an alumni of the same or rivaled program or even seeing someone in the airport wearing your favorite NFL player’s jersey.
Whether people are talking trash in opposition, cheering together in friendship or simply asking the rules of the game, watching a sporting event is a unifying experience.
To take it a step further, I think sports stories are some of the most engaging and powerful stories to be told. For example, my former boss did a report on a double-amputee who went from his high school football team’s waterboy, to playing in a game as a linebacker. He played linebacker with literally NO LEGS. How could you not be in awe of a person with that kind of determination?!
I met a swimmer at San Diego State who found out she had a brain tumor, and was told she may not be able to think normally again, let alone swim. Not only did she fully recover and go on to set program and facility records at SDSU, but her goal of getting back in the pool is what pushed her to defy the odds.
I feel such a privilege that my job is to help share those stories. I love what I do. I truly can’t stress that enough.
I've also been more fortunate than most to learn from and work for some truly incredible people. I'm a firm believer in the phrase "the harder I work, the luckier I get" and I've seen that exhibited most through the people I've had the opportunity to be mentored by.
When I am not watching games for leisure or working, I am admittedly pretty boring. I really enjoy napping when I can, eating a nice burrito bowl from Chipotle, binge-watching what others term "trash TV" shows, playing putt putt and heavily complaining about exercise.