It's a privilege to be a reporter

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 01:54 PM.

Of course, the bad has to be mixed with the good.

I’ve seen a hurricane punch holes in the Outer Banks and seen whole houses lifted by tornadoes.

I’ve had the hair stand up on the back of my neck several times when having to cover the recovery of a drowning victim, or upon seeing bloodied occupants pried out of mangled automobiles at a wreck scene, or at a funeral for a Marine.

It hasn’t all been easy.

Reporters have to earn their credibility in the eyes of the public every single day.

Reporters occasionally make honest mistakes, as I did recently and had to correct myself for misidentifying a cormorant as a grebe.

Reporters and photographers never know how the day will end, as was the case last week.

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