I'm proud to say that I strive to adhere to the tenets of the classic news journalism I was taught in college.
I was imbued with an overwhelming sense of responsibility by my professors at J-school.
They stressed accuracy, fairness and tenacity, urging their students to go the extra mile in an effort to be as evenhanded as possible in our reporting.
I truly believe the American news media has a Constitutional mandate to cover the news without bias.
In the words of the late Edward R. Murrow, the dean of broadcast journalism, we are charged with "providing society with a mirror image of itself, without wrinkle or blemish."
In addition to my God-given flair for the written word, over the years I've also developed a healthy skepticism, an acute sense of discernment, an ability to delve beneath the surface of a story and an uncanny knack for ferreting out important stories other reporters miss.
As a result of my years in broadcast journalism I've also honed my ability to report and write under pressure, often contributing three or more stories per day as a print journalist.