-Washington, D.C. reporter
Erie is where I learned what
it takes to be a 'legitimate' reporter.
I was assigned the courts and
crime beat in Erie, and was given the time and resources to do my job they way I had hoped. It was in Erie where I learned
that most unanswered questions could be found in a dusty file somewhere. I developed excellent sources, many of whom
taught me where and when to look for clues.
Each morning, my routine, many
times on my bicycle, took me from the U.S. Federal Courthouse on State Street to the Police Station and City Hall across
the street. I would go from floor to floor in City Hall, poking my head in each office, often at times discovering the
story I would be working on that day or the days to come.
At the Erie County Courthouse,
it was much of the same. I won over longtime court clerks with coffee and donuts each Friday. It was those behind the scenes
court officials who taught this computer intimidated reporter a system that allowed me to step right into cases that I quickly
learned captivated Action News 24 viewers.
But In the end it was the people
of Northwest Pennsylvania that allowed me to tell their stories, where I found most of my success. And that success led my
right back to my home town of Washington, D.C., where I hope one day to gain the trust of the people of the Nation's Capital
like I earned from the fine folks of Erie.
But if it weren't for Erie, I
wouldn't be where I am or who I am.
Don't give up the Brig!