Let me say this - I stand behind my television station, my news department, and our policies. I also recognize the ethical dilemma - on one hand, you have a minor whose parents desperately want to bring them home. At the same time, that minor made a conscious decision to leave. Does it make sense to use our air time to look for a person that doesn't want to be found?
Some would argue that minors in particular aren't mature enough to decide whether they should be found or not. Those same people would say that our airwaves could be a crucial resource in bringing a runaway home before someone has a chance to harm them.
I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
September 18, 2009
Friday was a very difficult day for me, for many reasons.
It was personally very sad for me to sit back and watch the Olde Liberty Station burn. As a Bedford native, I can appreciate what the restored train station meant to my hometown.
Olde Liberty Station is much more than a restaurant for us. It's a community gathering spot. You would often find a cross-section of the community dining there.
The dining room is regularly packed. People drive for many miles and even other states to sample the station's steaks and seafood. It draws people into Bedford and contributes to the city's economy.
Beyond what it offers now, Liberty Station is woven tightly into the fabric of Bedford's past. Think of all the people who passed through the building in its days as a passenger train station. The platform out back is where loved ones said goodbye to the famous "Bedford Boys," who sacrificed so much on the front lines at D-Day.
This day has also been difficult for me from a professional standpoint. In my efforts to bring you thoughtful and complete coverage of today's fire, I ran into a disaster of my own. I put together several stories for the 5:00 and 6:00 newscasts, but very little of what I assembled made it on-the-air on those initial broadcasts.
We were confronted with several technical issues in the field that prevented my video from making it to Roanoke. At 5:00, I was left to narrate our fire coverage for nearly two minutes without any video of the fire itself. At 6:00, most of my content made it on the air, but a computer meltdown caused the end of my longer story on the fire to get cut off. I doubt many of you noticed the difference, but it was hurtful for me given how much effort I had put into my work.
My problems, however, pale in comparison to that of the owner of Liberty Station and his employees. My deepest sympathies go out to them. I certainly hope the building is able to be salvaged and returned to its former glory, inside and out.
September 4, 2009
After several weeks of covering very emotional stories, today I had a chance to sit down and enjoy a slower pace with some preschoolers.
In the photo, I am cutting out shapes in construction paper with some new friends at Randolph College preschool. I was doing a story there on a new statewide initiative to rank daycare centers. Randolph's program received the high mark of four stars.
Sometimes, it takes spending time with a bunch of three year olds to remind you what's important. When my 3-year-old nephew came for a visit a few weeks ago, I finally had an excuse to go play in the park. When you're 28, you have no business riding the swings and going down the slide unless you're doing it with a toddler. Then, it's perfectly ok!
Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend! I have some fun plans in store, but I'm still trying to get over a late summer cold that I've come down with. It's had me coughing and sneezing for the last three days. My body just wasn't ready for that cold snap earlier in the week.
August 4, 2009
When I cover a story in Lynchburg, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is "how long did it take you to drive from Roanoke?" Despite the fact that News 7 has continuously maintained a newsroom in Lynchburg for more than 30 years, it seems that many people in the Hill City have no clue that we are here. Not only do I live here full-time, I also work from a News 7 office that has been located in the Allied Arts building since the late 1970's.