What I've been up to at work

PWS_3558 I shot some images for a colleague who reported a story about a Penn State lab that's working to improve infrastructure. It was surprisingly fun — I generally have to juggle reporting and shooting, which can be stressful, so it was really fun just to focus on images. 

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I reported a story about volunteer firefighters (how many spend more time fundraising than fighting fires and why that's a problem). One of my favorite things about my job is how often I get to see glimpses into worlds that are otherwise foreign to me. For this story, I attended a fundraising dance at a small-town bingo hall — great people, great fun.

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My colleague interviewed Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins. He was witty, self-deprecating, generous, and, well, brilliant. I loved the book and I loved hearing him speak.

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My station hosted Red Sweater Day to honor Mr. Rogers (and commemorate his landmark speech to the US Senate). Around 180 people showed up in red sweaters! And surprise — Mr. McFeely showed up! I may have cried.