This Emmy Award-winning reporter on NBC2 became intrigued by travel and diversity at a young age, spending a month in a foreign country during summer breaks from high school. A volunteer gig at a radio station in his Georgia hometown, however, is what hooked him on broadcasting, and it’s been a rise to the top ever since. During the 2012 election season, he was the chief political correspondent for NBC2, and before that he covered events like NASA’s return flight after the Columbia disaster and Hurricane Wilma for the station. His innate curiosity and interest in learning have served him well, as lately we’ve enjoyed his “Good Question” segments.
“I’m a simple, Southern, sophisticated guy.(I get extra points for alliteration, right?)”
What philanthropy means: “To me, philanthropy means giving of yourself and not expecting anything in return. It means sacrifice that doesn’t involve the spotlight.”
Why he loves Naples: “I could do what I do anywhere in the country—the world, really. I chose to live in Naples because of the quality of life. This lifestyle naturally attracts the best of the best. Different age groups, different professions—it doesn’t matter. I’m constantly meeting people at the top of their fields. I don’t know too many here who are really ‘retired.’ ”
“Super” spots in Naples: “Naples Performing Arts Center—the hottest, most talented woman on the planet is the owner [his wife, Lori]. Roma’s Italian Restaurant on Fifth Avenue—ask to meet Ron, and go there hungry. Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides—it’s authentic, natural Florida at its finest. Toast Restaurant for the Bananas Foster French Toast—need I say more? The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club at sunset—it’s where I got engaged. I found out that if you show up around then for a proposal, people will clap for you.”
Photography by Vanessa Rogers
Shot on location at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples.