I'm gone a lot.
And I just pray that one day she will understand why. That I'm out here spending my time with other people's children trying to tell their stories. Meaning a lot of times I'm not able to spend the time with my own.
I pray when she is grown, and a woman, and a strong woman, and a career woman, that she will see this not as something that took something from her life but as something that helped her see what she could be.
I look at all of my editors and mentors in the room. James Shiffer, who—oh you're up here. Sorry. I was looking over there—was my first editor. He taught me so much about writing and reporting, but also just gave me the freedom to tell the stories. Even back then as a cub reporter who didn't know much of anything, except that what I was seeing in the schools wasn't right. And he let me tell those stories. And the journalists in this room know that you don't always have editors like that and that that really matters.
I think about my editors at The New York Times which has been the most amazing place for me. And just all of the mentors I've had because none of us gets to these places on our own. You have to have people who believe in you and who support you and who provide you with the opportunities and the resources.
And the last thing that I think about, which is probably the thing that weighs most heavily on me and that is my most, challenging internal conflict. Is that I'm here. And I received these awards because children are suffering and I tell their stories.