Position: Co Host. Rob & Karie, middays, female half!
Years with the company: Since October 2011 with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.
Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.
More on what you do (at work): Rob and I tend to find out what we want to talk about by finding what is funny or remarkable about a story. If it makes us laugh or surprises us, we will find a way to talk about it.
Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.
Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.
Favorite food: Italian with red wine. Bread of any kind. Cheese and Fruit!
Favorite spot in Arizona: Flagstaff
News memory that will stick with you forever: The OJ Simpson white Bronco day. I was very new on the air and every two minutes the story changed. It was awesome.
Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.
First job: Selling shoes at Hahn's at the Mentor Mall.
First concert: U2
#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.
Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.
Rob spent his formative years growing up in Massachusetts, but after graduating from Emerson College in Boston, he's had the privilege of living in Florida, New Orleans and New Mexico.
Rob & his wife Amy have lived in Phoenix since 2006 when he joined KTAR. Rob is passionate about our freedom and rights -- something he learned to love while growing up in the Boston area.