Reporting is a highly competitive world - we all want to be first, the best and, of course, accurate. And like soldiers and peacemakers, we develop a certain skill set that generally enables us to cut through the bull of the day and stop the spinning mid-spin with a simple, direct question. From that we develop a camaraderie, a respect for each others' work and stories to share about the nooks and crannies we discovered while chasing a lead with a flashlight and low batteries. Outliers are a favorite because there is still so much depth yet to plunge.
The Advocate's Andrew Harmon with NCLR's Kate Kendell at the opening of the Prop 8 federal trial in San Francisco (Photo by Karen Ocamb)
Andrew Harmon, News Editor at The Advocate, is one of those comrades to many of us here in Los Angeles. He's been reassigned to Washington DC to fill the vacancy left by their extraordinary former Washington correspondent Kerry Eleveld, who left daily breaking news to work for Equality Matters. He will be a wonderful addition to our terrific and highly motivated LGBT reporters and bloggers in DC - and I look forward to his insights (such as in his cover story on evangelical Ted Haggard) Oh - and he loves Twitter. I watched him work those fast fingers through both the federal Prop 8 trial and the Log Cabin Republican's Don't Ask, Don't Tell trial in Riverside.
Mostly what I'll miss, though, as Ted Johnson and I hang out at some news conference waiting for a question and a quote or dash from here to there seeking the hot spot, is Andrew's gentlemanly manners in the face of incivility. He's in DC now and tells me he already misses LA. "It's cold here." I suspect his blood will be boiling fairly soon.
Click here for the press release about Andrew and his move via Mediabistro’s Fishbowl/LA.
(Crossposted at LGBT POV)