It’s often said, journalists have a front row seat to history. It may be cliche, but it’s absolutely true. And it’s absolutely why I became a journalist. I’m someone who hates to miss anything. As a journalist, I’m always the first to know, and then, I get the privilege to write about it and tell the story to my readers. That’s a power I take very seriously and one I’m honored to have.
To me, journalism is not only being a watchdog, it’s also about being an advocate. Journalists are obligated to look out for the public’s best interest, question authority, and explain the issues clearly for people, so they understand what’s at stake. Asking the tough questions, chasing a story, fighting for the truth– it’s not just a job– it’s my passion. These are all joys of my existence. It’s what I was born to do.
I also chose journalism because there’s no other job that would allow me to educate myself so consistently on such a wide range of topics. I’ve interviewed so many different people; my job has taken me so many places and each person, each interview has taught me something different. When I go to work tomorrow, I have no idea what I’ll learn. That is such a unique gift and such an incredible perk of the job. Not to mention, journalism provides me a healthy outlet to channel my persistent and aggressive energies.
Again, with the cliches: but as a political reporter, and one still idealistic enough to have faith in our democracy, this cliche is especially striking: journalism is the only profession protected by the first amendment. And that is not something I take lightly, especially in this environment. With that protection, as a reporter, you’re expected to defend those free speech rights, not just for yourself, for your job, but also, for the citizens you’re writing for. Reporters aren’t just defending the First Amendment, they’re out there to defend the constitution. Journalism is often trashed as muckraking, reporters are often named as a least-respected profession. But it’s my humble opinion that working as a journalist is one of the most patriotic jobs out there.
This is my personal website, where I’ll share my work and let you know what I’ve learned along the way. Thanks for reading and taking the journey with me.