One of my all-time favorite questions is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For the majority of my life, my response was simple: “I want to be an author.” An avid reader and storyteller, I felt that I should put my imagination to work and create stories like the ones I love reading.
As it turns out, I don’t need to create stories in order to tell them.
In high school, I rehearsed a new response to the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question. “I want to be a journalist,” I said this time. I didn’t really want to be a journalist, but I had decided to study journalism in college, because I feared a creative writing major would not secure me a stable job in the future.
But my attitude towards journalism changed.
As a reporter for the Evanston RoundTable, I’ve learned that covering local news is all about telling stories, many of which I stumble upon accidentally. When I volunteered to write about new business owner Harith Razaa, I had no idea that his wisdom would change the way that I think about my own life. When I investigated lead pipes in Evanston, I did not expect to learn that local blood lead levels vastly exceed national averages.
Evanston brims with stories that need to be told.
So now when people ask me what I do for a living, I’m not really sure anymore. I do a lot of writing and reporting, and I do some investigating and photography, but most of all, I tell stories. But in order to keep telling stories, the RoundTable needs the community’s support.
During our Spring Membership Drive, the RoundTable is looking for 300 Evanstonians who want to support local journalism. Can we count on you to be one of them?
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