I grew up and worked on a small farm in southern Minnesota. My high school experience included the extracurricular activities of sports and drama club, and I was fortunate to participate in the state-wrestling tournament and to play in the All-Star Football Bowl after my graduation in 1980. I graduated from the College of St. Thomas in 1984 with a degree in Mass Communications, and began my television career at a small TV station in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I moved back to the Twin Cities in 1985 to work as a video producer for Group W Cable and later for Paragon Cable. I accepted a position with a TV station in Grand Junction in 1993, and have made the Grand Valley my home ever since. I met my wife Kellie here, and we have two sons who now attend Palisade High School. One is a senior and the other is a freshman.
I currently work as an instructor and video producer for Colorado Mesa University.
In 2010 I won two Emmy Awards for my documentary, "The Colorado National Monument: Celebrating 100 Years of John Otto's Dream"