Growing up there wasn't too much more I could have asked for. A family that was beyond supportive, a neighborhood that was tightly knit, and schools that, while segregated, had educators who were committed to the idea that we would learn in spite of the obstacles.
Throughout my teens I worked at three of the television stations in Pittsburgh. I had the opportunity to work on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and the Great TV Auction and earned an Associate Producer credit on a National Association of Broadcasters Award winning series on KDKA.
And I learned some important life lessons about failure and recovery after my mom's death due to cancer, and my dad's suicide in my late teens.