"What a long strange trip it's been."
That lyric from the Grateful Dead pretty much sums up my time here in the Lone Star State. I've seen a lot of weird things, met a lot of interesting characters and learned from each new experience.
If you're a regular viewer, you've no doubt seen me cover a wide variety of stories. Being a general assignment reporter is kind of like being a jack of all trades, you have to be an expert in everything or become an expert on a subject in a short amount of time. I like to think I have a front-row seat to the show called "Life." Whether it's covering local politicians or candidates running for president, chasing hurricanes or standing in the middle of an ice storm, flying high in the sky with the Air Force or simply listening to the family of a crime victim, you can learn a lot about life. I hope in turn by sharing these stories, you too will learn something you didn't know before.
One of the most interesting things about my job is I never know where the day will take me. I could start out covering a city council meeting and end up at the scene of a double homicide. Being able to switch gears quickly is a challenge but it's one that I enjoy. One of the greatest challenges we reporters face is breaking news. From the moment we receive the call, the adrenaline is pumping and the mind is racing. Figuring out what is happening and then getting that information out to our viewers quickly and accurately is a huge responsibility. The reason KSAT does a such a good job covering these breaking news stories is simple ... it all comes down to a team effort. It may only be my face you see on the news, but please know if it weren't for the photographers, producers, assignment editors and technical staff, you'd never see me or any of the other fine journalists I work with.
As we move into the age of "blogging," you may soon get to know some of those people behind the scenes. This Web site gives all of us a chance to offer our opinions and added insight into the stories we cover. Over the next few weeks and months, I hope to jump into the blogosphere as well. Look for me to provide you with some Web exclusive reports. When I come across something interesting that might not make it into one of our regular shows, I'll try to put into a video blog. It will probably be much less formal than what you see on TV and possibly a little rough around the edges, but then again that's often how the news is.