Annette joined the Fox 8 family as a reporter in October 2010.

Born in the small town of Wellington, Kan., Annette got her start to journalism when she still had baby teeth. Often, she’d dazzle her friends with elaborate stories at the elementary school lunch table.

Until one day, she gabbed too much and was shamefully penalized without recess for the whole day — a true devastation for any 7-year-old. She’s still a little bitter to this day.

She didn’t stop talking, however. Her skill evolved into an elaborate public speaking career in high school, nabbing more than 75 awards in speech, debate and acting.

She was named one of the top public speakers in the country and soon made her move to the glitzy metropolitan of Manhattan… Kansas.

Annette graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in broadcasting, print journalism and public relations. She’s since worked for ESPN and at TV stations in Topeka and Wichita, Kan. She received Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards for her work in reporting and producing.

Since moving to Cleveland, she’s earned an Emmy in reporting and several awards with the National Press Photographer’s Association and the Ohio News Photographer’s Association. She’s also a proud member of Fox 8’s Emmy-award winning Friday Night Touchdown team.

A geek to the core, Annette can be quite the daredevil.

She’s rappelled off 500-foot cliffs and climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. She loves photography, building websites, playing Nintendo and Tweeting. She also has a passion for acting and has been in more than 20 films.

Some of her favorite shows are House, M.D., Gilmore Girls, The Vampire Diaries, The Wonder Years and Sex and the City.

One of Annette’s truest passions is cooking. (You haven’t lived until you’ve tried one of her cheese bierocks or German apple cake.)

But no matter what, Annette’s heart will always lie in reporting, where she gets to meet interesting people and talk all day long… with as much recess as she’d like.

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