As a political communications professional who has run numerous debate prep sessions, I can tell you this: Any debate including 10 candidates is more of a joint press conference than a policy debate.
They are, however, the only debates we have.Read More
The scene is central Florida’s Clearwater Beach on Independence Day 2008. I had moved to the Tampa area just a few days prior for my first job in politics: Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency.Read More
During the spring of 2016, the remains of a deceased homeless man were found near South Montgomery Street. It took months for the medical examiner to identify him. As full-time reporter at the time, I had a grisly recurring reminder on my calendar during that period: “follow up with coroner.”Read More
It was 1987 when one war orphan, a toddler, was abandoned on a bus heading in the direction of Managua. To this day, her early years remain a mystery. Upon arrival at the orphanage, the girl would not allow anyone touch her, even when offering food.Read More
Just a few years into my political life, I found myself struggling. There were days when I could not summon the motivation to get out of bed in the morning. My day-to-day work of editing press releases and drafting talking points felt rather pointless.