2. I can make online videos, blog, shoot pictures, edit stories, build and analyze databases, create graphics, manage employees, plus write spot news, features and investigative stories.
3. I returned a convicted murderer to prison along with dozens of other felons in an investigation built on hundreds of pages of government documents -- and a public confrontation with the killer.
4. I was the first journalist to report a prominent attorney's role in one of the nation's bigger corporate fraud cases of the 1980s. I had been a reporter less than a year, but I refused to let him intimidate me. He was eventually indicted on fraud charges, convicted and sent packing to prison. (I don't know whether my reporting played any part in his getting caught.)
5. I know when to not tell a story.
6. I can parachute into a complex murder trial and turn around a spot news story in just a few hours.
8. I can get happily lost for hours in a courthouse basement, leafing through dusty public documents.
9. I love the team work needed to put out a paper and a website.
10. I try to be fair, accurate and ethical. But I am human.
[Image: my original USA Today employee ID badge and press card. It was made on my first day: May 1, 2000. For more photos of my old ID badges, learn more about my life, on Internet time.]