Turns out, the Atlanta Braves didn't need a second baseman, and if I had to make something with my hands to support myself, my family and I would be starving. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a pretty good backup plan during my sophomore year of high school. That's when I took an introductory journalism class and figured telling stories (not to be confused with making up stories) would be a rewarding way to make a living.
I spent more than a quarter century in the newspaper business. I was a reporter and editor. I wrote hard news, features, columns and editorials. I turned stories in an hour and others a year in the making. I planned coverage, edited coverage and critiqued coverage. I was at my most satisfied, however, when I was producing coverage.
I exited the industry in late 2017, but my work at the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office, although frequently pushing me out of my comfort zone, bears many resemblances to my former work. In the end, success hinges on the ability to tell a story in a way that helps people understand something important about the community in which they live.
This is how I earn a paycheck ...