An editor once described me as someone who is “fascinated by the human condition.” It’s my favorite characterization — because it feels right, true. Meeting people and hearing their stories has always captivated me. I love adventures and a good story can be an adventure, a chance to experience something we may never encounter — for better and for worse — in our own lives. From an early age, I admired writers and respected their willingness to go places both exciting and frightening. I can still remember being riveted by a television news story in which the reporter trained with the circus then performed on the high wire. My 20-year career has yet to land me on the high wire (probably a good thing) but it has presented me with a multitude of experiences, from investigating government corruption to attending a moose roast in Norway; it has introduced me to world-class athletes, brain surgeons, a prince, and a criminal or two. But it’s been the stories of everyday people that have most impressed me — the patient awaiting an organ transplant, the teenager wrestling with her sexual identity, and the business owner fighting to conceal her mental illness.
D.C. is a great place to be a writer, with stories just waiting to be written.