Gary joined KIRO 7 Eyewitness News in June of 2003, moving west after a five-year stint at KWTV in Oklahoma City.
In his 22 years of street reporting, historic news just seems to happen around Gary. As soon as he arrived at KWTV, a mile-wide F-5 tornado ripped the Oklahoma City metro in half. During this time, Gary took pride in finding hope and human courage in stories we all find difficult to watch. Much of his inspiration came from the courageous stories of the Oklahomans who survived 1995 Murrah bombing. Gary's weekly "Strangely Named Towns" segment was also a very popular, award-winning exploration, uncovering the myths and curious legends hidden in every tiny dot on the map.
Before moving to KWTV, Gary reported for 5-years at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, where he covered everything from two consecutive Super Bowls, to a propane-train disaster which forced the Army to evacuate a little cheese-making town for an entire month.
Gary began his career at WISN-TV in his home town of Milwaukee. Just after starting an internship there in 1991, Gary followed a tip which broke the Jeffrey Dahmer serial-killer story to the world. He won several awards that year, while still an intern. Three years later, Gary was the first reporter "live" from the prison where Dahmer himself was murdered.
Gary studied Journalism at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He and his wife Elizabeth have two boys and are very proud to call Washington their new home.
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