Breathe between stories. Not “take a breath”. Reset, connect with next one.

Stay out of your comfort zone. Mix it up. Step out.

Write about people and impact first, then process.

Separate the terribleness. Do not stack crime and tragic stories together.

Don’t be afraid of emotion and some color commentary.

Just tell me a story. Don’t read me facts. Make it interesting.

Smile. All the time. It doesn’t make you sound happy, it makes you sound


Remember where everybody is. You are the one with the headphones, the AC, all the notes written in order. I’m the one in the car.