Lessons learned from my time spent with people who’ve done time

I gave a talk the other night and, truth be told, I was nervous. Here’s what was running through my mind as I walked up, “How on earth could I possibly connect with a group of returning citizens – mostly African-American men – who had done time for a crime and were now learning to…

How 13 words can make you a kick-ass rockstar at anything

I just heard a line from Gabby Bernstein’s “May Cause Miracles” and it had the power to change my day: “My gratitude for myself fills me with joy and unleashes my miracle mind.” Wow! Mind blown. Backstory: I’ve been reading this book for 11 days. It is a 40 day practice, for example, you read…

How covering Election Night 2016 taught me I don’t know squat

It was a plum assignment: Covering Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election night event at the Jacob Javits Center. It was a long, exhaustive slog of an election cycle, and I wasn’t even one of the journalists primarily dedicated to the campaign trail. 595 days of name-calling, allegations, yelling, divisiveness, scandal, disgust. News stories about both candidates…

Moms, sex traffickers are looking for YOUR 12-year-old daughter

When I first got to WUSA9, I interviewed Andrea Powell. She is a blonde bad-ass crime-fighter, and pimp-chaser. Not many people you can say that about. Andrea started her own non-profit called Fair Girls, in the DC area, to help survivors of sex trafficking. She’s now one of my friends. I learn so much from…

Be kind. No exceptions. Cashier Ishmael Gilbert was.

An extremely worthy Facebook post with an important message has gone viral and that makes me smile. 19-year-old Ishmael Gilbert was ringing up shoppers at a Target in Indiana when an elderly woman came up next in line. She wanted to pay for her purchase in all change. This caused some people on the growing line…