I wrote an article about the people who cover the news a few years ago. I remember pulling away from fire-murder-dead baby-body parts found- fatal accident scenes, and seeing the reporters in my rear view mirror. Often it was a person reporting and another taping. Two people left with the ghosts, smells, sights and memories of the living.
It struck me how lonely it must be for those covering the news. When bad things happen, really bad things, the firefighters and cops, sometimes the military are treated with kid gloves after the smoke clears, looked at as heroes, even though we did absolutely nothing to save the dead and injured but try.
As for the reporters?
Nothing. No glory, no thanks, no post Incident Stress Debriefing, just another story to cover.
Thoughts and prayers to everybody covering the news, and especially to WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward.