Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were killed by a former co-worker while viewers watched.
Next week my wife Barbara, Alison's boyfriend Chris Hurst, and I will head back to James Madison University for the School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD) banquet. SMAD was where Alison cut her journalistic teeth, learning from some of the finest professors in the country.
Four months after she was shot in the back during a live TV broadcast, Vicki Gardner is finally finished with surgeries and
When Alison Parker left for work on August 26, there were two balloons and a bottle of wine in the back seat. "Congratulations
Maybe for a time before dying, a very small time, Bryce Williams's swirling anger, Chris Harper Mercer's swirling anger, stopped swirling. Perhaps, at long last, they felt sated. How relatively pitiful the causes of their anger; how incomparably grievous the consequences.
I saw her face on news channels over and over. Everyone told me to shut down the television, don't look, but I could not. I watched every single ugly time I saw her scream.
It seems like the network made the right call.
While the world's eyes were on Roanoke last week, this week most national and international media have made their exodus from this small community I now call home, and though their focus is on the next horrible breaking news story, it's as if time was frozen here. 8/26/15.
About this poem: I wrote this after the Virginia Tech shootings. And to my incredible sadness, it is not only still applicable today, but may be even more so with murderers using social media and news outlets to distribute their self-portraits, manifestos and, most recently, videos of their murders.
We are wrapping up a long, cruel summer of senseless, preventable gun violence. Americans are being gunned down in our churches, schools, movie theaters, military recruitment centers, workplaces, and homes. Which is why we're turning September 10 into a national day of action to make good on our pledge to do "whatever it takes."