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We Need to Persevere

On December 8, 2014 Ken Gemmell lost most of his family. It was a story that touched hearts here and across the nation. It was a story I had to report as breaking news, it was also one that broke me.
Covering the Gaithersburg plane crash for the first couple hours we were originally told by officials they didn’t believe there were any people in the homes that were hit by parts of the plane. It wasn’t until I was home later that night after my shift that the worst was confirmed. In addition to the 3 people who died on the plane there were 3 inside one of the homes.
3 year old Cole and newborn Devin died in their mother’s arms that morning. Police say Marie Gemmell was found holding her sons in an upstairs bathroom in their house which had caught fire. While everything about this story is tragic.. it was that line of information that tore right through me. As a mom of 2 young children, I cannot imagine what this mother had gone through trying to save her children.
Over the last month I have spent some time getting to know Marie’s husband Ken who was at work at the time of the crash. I can say he just may be the strongest person I know. He told me that he’s know Marie was trying to do anything she could to keep them calm.. to save them.. to make sure it wasn’t painful for them. He says she was a hero. She is.
After many weeks, messages back and forth and a long, heartfelt chat over a cup of coffee Ken agreed to let me tell their story. He now is in a new home not far from where he lost so much. It takes support and strength to go on but Ken is trying with the help of his 7 year old daughter Arabelle. Arabelle was at school at the time of the crash.. there are times even now Ken still struggles to explain to her what happened.

After spending a morning with Ken and Arabelle I hope through these stories I am able to capture not only the true love of a beautiful family but also the immeasurable strength this father has shown just months after losing so much. It is also a time to remember what Ken tells me is “just how good people can be.” The community support is still overwhelming but for the Gemmell’s  it has also been instrumental as they try to move on.

SMASH: Twists, Turns, New Talent

In case you missed it on the news.. here’s my story I put together after visiting the awesome set of SMASH in Brooklyn. It was cool to sit down with cast members between their takes. From the sounds of it Season 2 is going to have a whole lot of drama and good share of surprises. Enjoy!

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Miss DC: The interviews

Miss DC organization's Teri Galvez with Washington Post's John Kelly, a judge

Pageants are work. A lot of work. We had day one of judging the Miss DC pageant and what an impressive of group of young women we have this year. As someone who enjoys public speaking I have to admit I would be terrified if I was in their shoes. Our panel of judges (6) spent hours grilling the gals on everything from Obama’s healthcare plan and Bachman to fundraising tactics and tech trends. The range of ambition stretched from world renowned opera singer to Middle East global ambassador.

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What are we told to look for? The full package of course: Sharp public speaker with confidence, brains and of course a good look.

“This isn’t a beauty pageant… but it’s not an ugly pageant either, ” one official reminded.

MORE: Pick your favorite contestant

After nearly 4 hours of private interviews with the contestants there is no doubt it’s going to be a very hard decision. There are 3 women who stand out to me at this point but there’s still a lot that can change as the competition continues.

Why don’t you join us for the journey? This Sunday you’ll get the stuff made for TV. Swimsuit, formal gown, talent. It’s happening July 10th at 7pm at The Arena Stage.

Judges Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Angie cut loose between contestants

 

Heavy Sifting: Judges had to study bio, platforms, personal statements of 20 contestants and come up with personalized questions for all.

Pink Painted bikini and big hearts Race for the Cure

The sun was shining and the pink was popping at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in DC. There were so many inspirational stories. While hosting the pre-show I met awesome people like a guy who painted a pink bikini on him in name of his grandmother who has breast cancer. Andrea Roane shined as the Mistress of Ceremonies and the WUSA9 booth in Komen Village created a mob fest! So much fun! Thank you to all who came out!

MORE: DC Newsbabes raise thousands at Bash

Morning bud Mike Hydeck who ran the race

Pamela Sorensen and Tara DeNicolas showed up!

WUSA’s Mike Hydeck, Brett Haber and Topper Shutt

WUSA’s Steve Houk hands out the popular pink bag!

Our roaming reporters Lindsey Mastis and Elizabeth Jia

Royal Wedding: Middleton's parents under fire

Check out my interview with Royal Wedding expert Hilary Fordwich on Kate Middleton’s parents accused of cashing in on big day. Plus the latest on Kate’s childhood for sale and why she’ll have two wedding gowns.

Real Housewives' Cat Talks New Book, That Royal Kiss

Royalty was the theme at a Real Housewives of DC party held downtown at Eden Lounge. Sassy Brit Cat Ommanney along with fellow housewives Mary Amons and Stacie Turner celebrated her new book, ‘Inbox Full.’

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The book called ‘Inbox Full’ chronicles Ommanney’s search for a new life and love via text messages kept over the last 4 years. Cat tells us it also delves into the reason she had to go public about her tryst with Prince Harry. WUSA9 content contributor Leigh Macdonald went one on one with Cat about everything from a 2nd season to that ‘World Class Kiss!’

MORE: Click for pictures from the DC party

As for what’s ahead, Ommaney was recently spotted wearing a battery pack at this NY book launch. It has us asking are the wives back for a 2nd season? Ommaney wouldn’t say YES but said there is something definitely in the works and that she’s been in talks with a couple production companies.

Princess Stacie? Also revealed at the party: Housewife Stacie Turner is a Princess now in Nigeria. Stacie’s husband Jason said it recently happened after Stacie reunited with her birth father. Stacie was adopted through the D.C. adoptive system and recently undertook a difficult, yet ultimately successful, search to find her birth father.

We get 'Wimpy'

Jeff Kinney, author of the best-selling children’s series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, visited with hundreds of elated fans in Northern Virginia. In 2009, Time Magazine named Kinney one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and he sat down with WUSA 9’s Leigh Macdonald to talk about his best-selling books, his full-time job, his family, the movie sequel, and even his next book. More coverage at wusa9.com

Gucci in DC: US Air loses $50,000 worth of luggage

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The heir to the GUCCI dynasty was in DC during his first visit to the US. 83 year old Giorgio Gucci spoke on Capitol Hill on the issue of the black market. He urged leaders to pass stronger counterfeit laws and follow through with enforcement. An unfortunate fashion note… Gucci addressed the crowd in an emergency buy… an untailored, slightly too big Jos. A Bank suit. The designer scrambled to find something to wear after US Airways lost $50,000 worth of his luggage! Gucci himself did not seem rattled. I was impressed with his graciousness.

RELATED: GUCCI STRANDED AT WHITE HOUSE

Highlights from the forum included an outstanding performance by opera sensation Cristina Fontinelli who sang the National Anthem. Rep. Diane E. Watson was honored as well for her push to protect designers and fashion commerce. I was honored to emcee the talk that included great insight from expert panelists Jean Bonilla, Caroyl Miller and Steve Hilson. The Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce and Emperor Brands hosted the forum.

Check out my interview with him about what he thought about his first visit to the Nation’s Capitol.  I’ll be airing more video on the WUSA9 Morning Show Friday. Tune in.

Photos: Donald Trump & his new VA golf course

We’ve got some of the first shots by Washington Life Magazine of the interview with King of New York Donald Trump at his newly acquired Loudoun County golf course, Trump National.

Looks like the business mogul is making a lot of renovations to his new latest $20 million purchase.

WL’s John Arundel’s interview and more pictures by Tony Powell can be seen in the October issue. Read the full story

John Legend Strikes Cord at Capitol File Party

We find out why Capitol File Magazine’s latest cover boy John Legend loves DC and what he’s working on next.

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