Every day I am thankful that people share their stories with me. The people
in these reports had an impact on me, and readers who wrote to me, long
after the assignment was finished.
North and South Seattle Schools are separated by more than the Ship Canal Bridge. Test
scores, enrollment figures and levels of parental involvement set them apart.
Under-enrolled schools with mediocre to poor test scores are generally in the south end,
and more desirable schools with higher achievement levels are in the north end of the
city. I wrote about this for Seattle's Child magazine, and later volunteered in several South
Seattle schools for a year.
My Reuters photographer and I tried to ignore the sounds of smacking lips while we
worked. This story went around the world and was printed in newspapers in China,
Hong Kong, Japan, France, Thailand, India, and Australia.
I had little knowledge of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 until I met Helen Szablya.
She lived through the uprising with her husband, two children and newborn baby. She
made history come to life.
I spent a day with Benedictine Monks in Lacey, Washington. I left with this life advice
from Brother Joseph: "When you find a place where your joy is augmented and your
suffering is supported, that's where you belong."
Something 10th graders at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle did was so upsetting to
a student and her mom that it's resulted in a curriculum change at the school, and
apologies from the principal. What were they doing? Reading. Reading Aldous
Huxley's Brave New World as part of their language arts curriculum. This was the most
viewed story on MyNorthwest.com for 2010.
Broadcast and Online Journalist