Recently, the promotions team at NPR asked us to write up little 25 second pieces about why we work at NPR (or something like that). So, I wrote about being trapped in the back seat of a very small Subaru listening to NPR (KCRW at the time) while sitting in traffic on the 101 or the 405 or Forest Lawn Drive. That was the beginning. Then when I was older, my parents would actually discuss the stories with me - not just the content but the production. Then there was the Marantz professional tape deck my dad got me when I was 11 or 12. I still use the RE-50 microphone that came with it.
I suppose my career path was inevitable. And I feel incredibly lucky that it's all worked out this way. Here's the final product, at 25 seconds of it.
The photos in the video are me when I was a kiddo randomly sitting on a small battery operated car, me interviewing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour about the BP oil spill, and me in Haiti shortly after the earthquake.