Lifetime Achievement

I've seen others honored. Now, I'm the one about to step to the podium to receive it.

I'm not one for "tooting my own horn".  I'm a little shy about it.  I don't like it when others (in my mindset, anyway) boast about their own accomplishments. I'd rather have others do it for me. I think, that way, it actually means more than when I talk about it.

But, as of this writing, I've known about this for more than three weeks, and it's time to say it publicly.

On April 5, when the newly-merged Associated Press of the Virginias (which includes the former West Virginia Associated Press) holds its annual awards dinner in Charlottesville, Virginia, I will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

It's something WTAP News Director John Fortney has been working on since he returned to the station in late 2011, and I'm sure he (and perhaps others) believes it's an honor that's long overdue.

By the way, I'm not the first at WTAP to receive this. Long-time news director, weatherman and management executive Glenn Wilson received a similar award in 2000, when the West Virginia AP was still an organization by itself.

As I've already said, I'm a little humbled by it.  In September, I will be at the station for 34 years, and I have received a number of Associated Press awards in the past decade, but I'm not quite up to the Emmy, Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards which represent the gold standards of the industry.

The biggest thing I believe I have accomplished: survival; especially in the past decade, when news organizations have been expected to "do more with less", and more is expected of solo reporters. 

And I do mean solo.  I almost laugh out loud any more when someone asks me, "Where's your crew?" I sometimes tell them that, any more, that consists of three people: I, me and myself.

I expect that, when I officially receive this honor, I will be asked to say a few words.  By that, I assume they don't mean make a big speech.

It's tough to sum up a more than 35-year career in just a few words or sentences.  But I hope I can elaborate a little by saying: "Thanks. And I hope it's not over yet."

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