Upon my release from active duty in the Army, I decided I needed something to fill the time. My wife was in reporting school at the time and so I gave it a shot. Here I am 20+ years later.
The challenge of every job to be better than the last time. And the travel.
Professionally, yes. After tort reform in Texas killed the med-mal business, I had to redirect my career in another direction. We actually ended up moving out of the small town I grew up in and headed for the big city. There I realized I was just one of many reporters and had to find a way to set myself apart from the masses. At that point I began making as many conferences as possible and also obtaining as many certifications as I could. Those two things alone have made the difference in my career between just being an overflow reporter and THE overflow reporter.
Be willing to say yes, even if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. You never know what opportunities it may bring.
I don’t know about “strangest,” but definitely the most interesting are the trials being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which I am on the team of reporters. Certainly the most challenging job/case I’ve ever been a part of.
My life outside of reporting is consumed by two kids that are actively involved in sports. It’s rare that I don’t have a weekend filled with either cheerleading competitions or baseball and football games.