|Dorothy Parker, the American writer known for her keen observations, once
said that no one likes to write but everyone likes to "have written."
A well-crafted story can entertain, educate and inspire. It can reverse the
direction of one's life or the political climate of a nation.
I learned this first hand as a journalism student working for a major political
party in Washington, D.C. and later at The White House.
When I was a corporate communications writer for a software company, and
later as a public affairs director for a nonprofit, I used the power of the pen
to promote computer training as a means of lifting children and their families
out of poverty.
As a freelance reporter for the The San Diego Union-Tribune and other
publications, I have had the privilege of profiling celebrities, entrepreneurs,
educators, leaders and ordinary people who enrich our community each day.
One of the favorite parts of my job is being an education reporter and
walking into a classroom to the hushed sounds of excited children
whispering, "The reporter is here!" It amazes me how eager we are, even as
kids, to share our opinions and experiences with others.
When all is said and done, I simply love the rewards that often come with
telling a good story.