What can I say about Joshua? I’ve been exposed to a lot of trauma in my news reporting. Kind of hard to avoid with my background in crime reporting. My first TV story in Wilmington, NC was covering a capital murder crime. Talk about getting thrown into the fire as a rookie reporter. It was from that experience on that I began to develop somewhat of a callused empathy for people. Unable to fully digest the pain of others, I moved from story to story, whittling away layers of humanity in the process. Once I left the news business, it took years to rebuild those empathetic muscles that had atrophied through each breaking news story. When I sat down to learn about Joshua’s story however, something shifted. Joshua’s story keeps evolving.
Malala. (Yes, the Malala!)
I’ve sat across from presidents and celebrities, but this was different. This was Malala. This was the girl that endured an assassination attempt. This was the girl that put her life on the line to stand up to the Taliban. This was the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. I was probably being over polite when I introduced myself. There was some awkward silence. I wasn’t sure if she wanted to be treated like a saint, or a twenty something. She wasn’t a holy figure but she did have that Mother Theresa aura about her. I never assume anything when I sit down with anyone to do an interview. I always air on the side of extreme politeness. She couldn’t have been more humble.
There was excitement on that day. Malala was being named the Godmother of the newly anointed Celebrity Cruises Edge Ship, a modern marvel. Here is that story I produced (in conjunction with Essex, CT based agency, OverAbove.