At the moment when I received one of the greatest honors of my career, I could not have felt less prestigious.
I was not dressed in my black-tie finest, attending some lavish awards banquet, hoping to walk up on a stage and give an acceptance speech. I was not surrounded by my colleagues, loved ones, and journalists from all over.
I was sitting alone on my couch, in my gym clothes, staring at a laptop.
And that was completely, absolutely, undoubtedly fine.
The TV branch of the National Press Photographers Association, or NPPA, held its annual awards show Monday night. The association named its photographers and stations of the year for each of its three regions. It also named its national Solo Video Journalist of the Year, in a category full of talented one-person bands who shoot and edit their own reports.
I am thrilled to announce that I was named 2013’s Solo Video Journalist of the Year.