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St. Patrick’s Day for the Kids

st patsI love St. Patrick’s day and I feel there’s so little time to celebrate it between  Valentine’s and Easter. I found a couple ways you and the family can enjoy a lil luck ‘o’ the Irish in the coming weeks.

St. Paddy’s Peas and Potatoes
St. Patricks Day is the traditional day to plant potatoes.Learn more about them while listening to tales of leprechauns. Kiddos get to plant peas and potatoes in the garden. March 12th at 1pm.

Flying Feet & Fiddle Bows: An Irish Celebration
Leap into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit as the Bog Band throw an authentic Irish ceili party. March 17 at 10:15potatoes

From DC to MD to VA there are St. Pat’s Parades happening the first couple weeks of March. Here’s a full list. One Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is March 5th Get parade route and more here. Washington DC St Patrick’s Day Parade is March 13th More info at DCStPatsParade

st pats parade

Moving on after Mental Illness

With Dana at PRS' DC Recovery Academy

I am so proud of NBC4 and it’s commitment to cover mental health through it’s Changing Minds campaign. This is an issue that is very personal and close to my heart and family. Having the chance to cover the subject is rewarding because I know there is an enormous demand for information and resources. I hope that people and families dealing with mental illness will see there are places to turn to during recovery.

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The story I share below is that of a 30 year old woman from Southeast DC who experienced her first phase of psychosis at age 16. Dana Ebiasah has bipolar disorder. Through the help of free resources she has found in DC she is taking the next step to move on with her life. Medication and therapy can only do so much. We show you a place that is helping rebuild life skills while providing resources to help people get back on their feet and back to work and school.

Lorena Bobbitt 21 Years Later

I did two stories with Lorena Bobbitt who now lives with her family in Gainesville Virginia. We take a look at the past that made her notoriously famous and the work she’s doing now to help others in the area.

21 Years Later:

Lorena on being a mom, zumba and google:

Track Snow Plows Where You Live

Waking up wondering when your street is gonna be plowed.
Log on to for Virginia’s digital Snow Plow Tracker. From what I can tell this morning most of the trucks are in Northern Virginia and the Fredericksburg area. Plug in your address.. and even get the option to take a look at LIVE traffic cameras around where you live.
In Maryland, on the Prince Georges County website.. you can zoom in to where you live, and using a legend you can tell what’s been salted or plowed. Montgomery County’s website has a snowmap… Just plug in your address to request service.
In the District, DC dot gov has a “Snow Response Reporting System” updated every half hour.
But note, you have to ZOOM IN on where you live and then click START and the the trucks on the map will pop up.

#FastSnow moving through

Within the first hour of the snow falling everyone I heard from on social media commented on how fast the stuff was accumulating outside their door. #Snowday instantly started trending on twitter… following #closures and #telework. I think the hashtag of the morning should be #FastSnow because that’s what everyone seems to be talking about. Remember to tweet us your photos @nbcwashington or email them to Thanks!

From @317pmq in Gaithersburg


From Justin Berk in Westminster MD


Foxy Leesburg Lights Show

This morning in my morning report I showed a local house that’s really getting into the holiday spirit. Ylvis’ song “What does the Fox Say” has more than 150 million views and it’s now drawing scores of eyeballs to Leesburg Virginia.
The incredible Halloween light display is powered with more than 8,500 lights. Although cool– does this annoy the neighbors? Don’t worry this isn’t blasting 24-7, in fact to hear the lights you drive by and tune into the radio. If you wanna see it.. head to the Edwards Landing Community in Leesburg. The show runs on a continuous loop from 7PM to 9PM through Halloween. You’ll wanna tune in to 98.1 FM to hear it. More info here on their facebook page. Oh and as for that electric bill– the family says it’s about 25-35 dollars to run the display for the Halloween season. Not bad.

Pumpkin patch

If you know of any great pumpkin patches or Fallesque places to visit this season let us know! We were out in Leesburg visiting family when we noticed the Leesburg Animal Park on 15 and realized they had a cute little patch. So a picking we went and it turned out to be really fun watching Adora try to lift pumpkins twice her size. At the end of the day the rule was the rule: If you can’t carry it.. you can’t buy it. Some great places we love to visit to take in the changing season and pick pumpkins include Great Country Farms & Cox Farms too.

With little cousin Knox!

pumpmkingram (and honey sticks!)

Meet the Media Sept 28th!

Hey guys! I’m excited about an upcoming panel I’m on. The Fairfax Chamber is hosting a “Meet the Media” event. Details are below… really hope you can join us! The majority of the session will be reserved for questions from the audience.
Doug Fruehling, Editor, Washington Business Journal
Angie Goff, Anchor, NBC4 Washington
Brynn Koeppen, Editor, WashingtonExec
Uriah Kiser, Publisher,
Moderator: Jonathan Arehart, Founder & CEO, Cavendo

Who Should Attend?
Communications & marketing professionals
Executives interested in dialoguing with journalists
Representatives from businesses that may not have a full-time communications or marketing team, but still want to have a voice in the press

Missing the storms

Animal shelters have no power and are asking for supplies

As we headed for vacation last Thursday I knew that we  would escape the horrendous heat but I didn’t anticipate the wreckage that would follow. Terrible storms slammed the DC metro area and so many days later are still left in the dark. I’ve been following the national reports, twitter and even online. Our website live streamed it’s newscast Monday which I thought was great. Many people like my parents in Herndon are still without cable.

MORE: Special Storm Coverage

Down here at the beach I ran into a couple from Maryland.. NBC4 viewers. They don’t plan on returning til their neighborhood has power again. They said.. aren’t you glad you’re not there.. you missed all that? I can say I’m glad my family is safe but it has been tough being away from the big story where so many still need help. I just hope the recovery process is on the upswing. It’s only the start of July and already we’ve been hit big. I really hope this is not a sign of things to come.

Stay safe all.. see you Saturday morning.

Audition: Do you have “The Voice”

The DC Lottery wants you to “imagine” being the winning contestant on The Voice — now here’s your chance to become a “Voice VIP” and get heard!

Submit a sample of your singing. All four finalists will receive $400 and the Winner gets a guaranteed VIP audition for the NBC hit The Voice

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Finalists must be available to appear at NBC4 on Monday, April 30. Click HERE for Official Rules

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