Being a cops and courts reporter involves a lot of chasing people for interviews, and often getting “No comment" or "Sorry, I can't give out details." Weather forecasters, on the other hand, have not refused me so far.
An old quotation on being love, which I first read in college, popped in my head while I was covering an attempted murder trial the week before Christmas.
Mass shootings have always seemed removed from me. But an event I covered has made them seem much closer.
Last month marked my second year of living in the U.S., where I never expected to be covering the criminal justice system that was a mystery to me.
One of the most famous murder cases in South Dakota is the shooting of “Wild Bill” Hickok, considered one of the greatest gunfighters of the Wild West.
The unexpectedness of how a reporter's day goes is the nature of the crime beat. It was among the first things I learned on my first journalism job, and holds true 17 years later.
How crucial are expert testimonies in a trial? I began pondering this last week while covering the trial of a man accused of strangling his girlfriend. It was the fourth murder trial I’ve covered, and the other ones all ended in convictions.
Thursday, Aug. 31, will mark the fourth year since a woman’s body was discovered in a wooded area a few miles from Mount Rushmore. Investigators are still trying to determine how she died, and if she was killed.
Seeing the rocks on the Chicago Tribune Tower walls reminded me of the days when major U.S. newspapers had bureaus around the world, and when even mid-sized papers could afford to send reporters around the country.
I was surprised to hear that the man offered to talk about his son, who had been shot dead by police in April. His son, the man said, had been suffering from bipolar disorder when he pointed a gun at police and threatened a mass shooting.