I have been a member of The Hartford Courant's breaking news team since it was formed in 2008, covering spot news around Connecticut. I also cover court, which gives me the chance to record the drama of the courtroom as justice for the often horrid crimes we report is meted out. My career in journalism spans more than 25 years and two states, Connecticut and New York. I've won awards for my reporting on homelessness and domestic violence. Before I covered crime, I covered towns east and north of Hartford for the Courant and, before that, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester. I also wrote for The Bristol Press and worked at weekly newspapers in Millbrook, N.Y. I truly believe journalists have the best job in the world, and a critically important one. When we expose what's wrong, we make it right.