I like to think a good news anchor is like a good point guard. You try to control the tempo of the game, but keep your eyes and ears open to dish to the people who can score.
That’s particularly important in breaking news situations, as was amply illustrated again Wednesday in the coverage of the Western Massachusetts tornadoes.
We are blessed with a sterling staff of professional reporters and photographers, producers and directors, and technical people who deliver under any and all conditions, day after day. But as the the digital rules of the game continue to evolve, we are also grateful to the new generation of news gatherers.
For instance, check out this stunning photo taken from the 22nd floor of the Tower Square building in Springfield. The tornado is whipping up the Connecticut River, right next to the Memorial Bridge.
So the guy I knock back a few with on weekends became my colleague, however temporarily.
News staffs have shrunk over the years. But on days like yesterday, they’re bigger than ever, thanks to you.
Thanks for the help.