At one of the eight desks in the newsroom is a desk that has everything you’ll ever need as a reporter. That desk has the most current AP Stylebook, a can of “community keyboard cleaner,” a police scanner and a boombox from the early 2000’s that plays oldies all day.
At this desk sits Greg. One of the long-time reporters at the paper, other than the famous sports editor.
In addition to the accessories at his desk is a brain full of knowledge about who is who and what is what in the county. He knows who to call, where to go, what to do.
And he always has two rules to go by for any said topic.
He will make you laugh, and he will butcher your articles if you ask him to proofread. But he knows what he’s doing.
Sometimes he’ll tell you to call someone and spout their number off while you’re still trying to write down their first name. It’s because he knows the city and folks like the back of his hand.
I don’t think anyone in the newsroom could do their job to the fullest if it wasn’t for that desk and guy who sits in it.
And I forgot to mention, the deer mounted on the wall of the newsroom…yeah, Greg shot it.
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