Roving reporters, favorite books

Every once and awhile, I have to pinch myself to remind myself I’m not dreaming and that my job really is one of the best jobs in the world.

I don’t mean the management portion.

Sure it is nice to be in charge and have some say, but I’m primarily referring to my job as a reporter.

What other job rewards curiosity, encourages research and allows you to hold people accountable for their actions.

I’ve always been nosy.

I like to know what is going on, how it happened and why it happened.

I often watch TV news and dream of being a foreign correspondent.

There has always been something very mysterious and attractive to me about that kind of lifestyle.

Alas, it is a pipe dream now.

I’ve made too many friends and I don’t think now, that I’m older, I could leave them and my family behind to go globetrotting.

One of my favorite authors, though, is Philip Caputo.

He was a journalist with the Chicago Tribune and has written several books, both memoirs and novels.

My favorite work of his, “Means of Escape,” describes his time as a correspondent in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Vietnam.

From the first few pages, I was hooked.

If you ever want to know what the life of a roving journalist is like, read the book.

His novels, too, are thought provoking.

He tackles racism, war and the simple task of growing up.

For a journalism student these were some heavy topics.

He just came out with a new book last week. It is called, “ The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean.”

Reviews promise it will be a “pure joy,” and an “engaging travelogue.”

Sounds right up my alley.

 

Kristen Czaban is the managing editor for The Sheridan Press.

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Kristen Czaban

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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