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I work with freelance reporters to bring our audience insight into how the economy is shaping the lives and livelihoods of farmers, oil workers, teachers, truck drivers and many others from across the country and around the world.
What was your first job?
Camp dishwasher. I was a total klutz and once spilled hundreds of dirty forks across the floor.
What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?
Dream big and don't be afraid to take risks when you're young. Move somewhere interesting for an opportunity, follow the passion that seems crazy to everyone else but that has a hold on you, give that one creative idea you have a shot. You'll know you tried, and you'll probably land somewhere interesting even if you don't realize that dream.
In your next life, what would your career be?
Gardener. Outside all day.
What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?
An open mind. And it's free.
What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?
My father was a musician and worked with an old-fashioned, shiny Swiss-made stopwatch for timing recordings. I use a stopwatch website program to time stories that's much more practical. But I keep his stopwatch close by as a reminder of everything he taught me about listening carefully and making every second count.