Rodney Dunigan is a reporter at WFTS in Tampa.

My road to the sandy beaches of Florida has provided plenty of twists and turns, along with various cities in between.

Being a journalist has provided me with opportunities I never could have imagined: from interviewing mayors, governors, and presidential candidates, to world class athletes and entertainers. It’s been quite an experience and one I wouldn’t give up for the world.

This career has also given me gift and blessing I never expected or could have imagined, the love of my life!

My wife Jackie and I met as co-workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Who would have known love would blossom over blues music and bar-b-que!

But as we’ve all experienced in this businesses, when opportunity calls it can pull you away from friends and family.

In our case, it was a great job in the land of the mouse -aka- Orlando; that pulled Jackie down to the sunshine state. After a few years of long distance love, I popped the question!

Dropping to one knee at a charity event I happened to be emceeing. Needless to say, the surprise went over well!

There was only one problem! My soon to be wife was in Florida, and I was still in Memphis.

Here’s where you can play the dramatic music and cue the face of concern. Thankfully love and the job search would collide.

I was able to join the great crew at WFTS in Tampa! And get this, we were married on a Friday and I started with my new team the following Monday.

This career can provide a number of twists, turns and everything in between. For me, I’ll always be grateful for the stories I’m able to cover everyday on the job and the ones I’m able to write for a lifetime with my love!

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