What I've been up to at work
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.
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.
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.
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.