Victor Epstein, journalism lifer

...embracing the calling as well as the profession


Philosophers say the human brain craves intellectual stimulation above all else. If they're right, there may be no better life than that of a journalist producing the "first rough draft of history." 

We're a kind of frenetic historian by virtue of our rolling deadlines. Often operating in the field as a witness to history

I'm not the most famous journalist of my generation, ethnicity, gender or age. However, I am proud of my body of work and the principled manner in which I've built my career.

For me, it means clinging to the idea I produce value-added news. Rather than the empty intellectual calories of the generic filler now known as "content." 

This approach has yielded six national writing awards and five regional awards.

My biggest scoop is the iconic story of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. The mass drowning which claimed 35 lives at St. Rita's Nursing Home during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

It's one of 15 hurricanes I've covered during a career that now spans more than 20 years.

News organizations with a commitment to winning have been dropping me into competitive national stories for more than a decade now. They know I'll eventually find my way to the front of the press pack and begin setting the news agenda. 

Click on the Ten Spurs illustration below to read "Lady in the Hall." This piece of nonfiction literature details the body count inside St. Rita's Nursing Home. It won the national Mayborn Award for best narrative journalism.

If you want to know something about me, it's as good a place to begin as any.