Moving past Covid-19
While it feels like we may slowly be able to begin returning to our hectic schedules out in the world, I have no doubt that the lingering effects of the Covid-19 crisis will not only stay with us for a long time but will also provide endless opportunities for journalists to keep telling stories about what was and what will be.
When the pandemic began, I quickly pivoted to my latest beat: Diving into all the human-interest stories that needed to be covered.
Over the last year, I’ve written about the rush to sourdough, how to order in dinner or shop the farmer’s market safely, adding the boyfriend/girlfriend to the pandemic pod, the challenges facing college students coming home for the holidays, Americans’ ability to quarantine, how to book a rapid test before Valentine’s Day, the ways in which New Yorkers are digging deep and becoming mushroom farmers, sleep divorce and, in a USA Today Op-Ed, I made a personal plea for Americans to do all that we can to avoid the ICU. Please visit my Portfolio page to read some of these stories.
The work I’ve done since the pandemic began is guided by what I believe it means to be a journalist: To always report kindly, fairly and to do my best to get both sides of a story. I adopted the #compassionatejournalism hashtag for just this reason. The journalists I know and value put their heart and soul into every assignment.
This mantra has guided me since I was 14 when I first began biking to my local newspaper to get the scoop. Since then I’ve been in love with every single thing about journalism.
And what’s not to love?
In fact, my belief has never wavered that there are few jobs as fascinating as a reporter’s. In any given week, I’m just as likely to be interviewing people with an A to Z list of health issues as I am to be booking interviews with art experts, celebrities, chefs, filmmakers, New York City small business owners and authors with new books.
I consider myself lucky to have been able to interview so many A-list celebrities over the years, including interviewing Luke Bryan in his tour bus, Harry Connick Jr. in the back of a pickup truck, Robin Roberts in the GMA studio, Tony Bennett in his art studio overlooking Central Park and Jimmy Fallon in his memento-filled office in 30 Rock.
Shining a light on my own story
It’s also very important to me to honor the bravery of the people who have shared their stories with me by sharing my own story.
For example, when I learned that I’m a cancer previvor 16 years ago, I knew my words could provide comfort to others so I shared my story—multiple times. Writing my way through this personal lens has led to such fulfilling work and has ultimately connected me to some of the most important people in my life, many of whom contacted me first as readers and then became friends.
This profession, which involves listening, empathizing and immersing yourself in a subject in order to bring important stories to light, has been the dream of a lifetime because as I always say:
Every single person has a story to share.
Let’s connect so I can hear your story!