If each of my Daily News bylines represented a year, that is.
Now that I’ve hit 100 stories (and counting), I find I’m introducing myself less and building an institutional knowledge that, with the departure of our last veteran reporter last month, is more important than ever.
Some of my most-praised writing so far came while I was in the woods celebrating the end of my first quarter-century. The story of a model airplane, a father and a daughter could have fallen flat, but I think I propped it up with What It’s Really About: Love.
But one of my most consistent hits has been covering the public utility, who didn’t have many nice things to say about The Daily News at a 7 a.m. meeting that didn’t go unnoticed.
Then again, the comments really flood in with even a mention of Longview’s new water supply.
When I’m not busy holding local governments accountable, I’m chasing down the newsy angles of 15-year-old baseball.
And this month I’m helping keep the Friday Night Lights on by helping the sports desk with football coverage.
In other news, the new J Mascis album is great, I’m terrible at fantasy football, and the Avett Brothers put on a great show on the eve of my one-year anniversary with my wife — though Seattle’s The Head and the Heart did one better the week prior.