On Air Stories

These are stories I like. Some are mine. Some aren’t.

  • Casper and Creed

    It’s not always easy for me to tell kid stories. Far too often, the kids in my stories have had to endure something incredibly difficult — a tragedy or an illness. It’s impossible for me not to make that child my child, not to make their parents’ agony my agony. I feel a great responsibility, a ...

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  • The Car I’ll Never Forget

    My husband and I had heard about a guy driving a crazy car around the city. We set about finding him, and once you see the car in this piece, you will understand why it’s rather hard not to find the very hilarious Harold Jones and his unusual vehicle. Of course I obviously needed to be ...

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  • The Original Anchorman

    Ted Hall is a silly man. Yes, he’s smart and has good journalistic sense. But he is also quietly hilarious, irreverent, and self deprecating. He can quote ‘Anchorman’ in a way that would make Ron Burgundy swell with pride. Ted is not a scene or show stealer. Most of the time he hangs back, letting others have ...

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  • Doug Richards

    Doug Richards is a wry sort of fellow. An eyebrow-arching, smarmy, smirking kinda guy. A man who can gut you with a question or craftily constructed sentence. But here’s the truth behind those bushy brows and words that jab like elbows.  He is at times almost shy, he is kind, and he is an enormously talented ...

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  • Why a Homeless Man Ran the Peachtree Road Race

    I liked Bill Lepchetz immediately. He is witty and smart and open. He is also homeless.  Not that long ago he was a wealthy porsche driving executive who lived in a country club community. A cocaine addiction promptly undid all of that. I interviewed Bill, but even after the camera was off we kept talking. ...

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  • An Extraordinary Life: Kevin Enners

    I’ve always fancied myself an athlete. Mind you, the only basket I recall scoring as a kid was for the other team. But I do okay now. I’m active. I’m healthy. And I’m a complete slug compared to Kevin Enners. I want to squeeze this kid and give him a noogie every time I see ...

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  • Man Without A Face

    I was nervous to meet Donnie Fritts. I’d never interviewed someone missing most of their face. While the sight of Donnie is initially jarring, the man behind the missing face is gentle and kind — and enormously funny. It’s been three years since I told his story and I think of him often. I still ...

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  • Brian Banks – From Prison to Falcons Football

    When Brian Banks smiled and shook my hand the first time we met, I was a bit dazzled. I’ve been lucky to meet lots of people, famous and infamous, but he is one of the few who radiated confidence and joy, something I didn’t expect from a man who’d had a decade of his life ...

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  • Little Free Library

    Here’s where I think technology stinks. We’re at the point where we can get almost everything we need and want from the screen in front of us. We can pay bills, talk to friends, read books — without actually coming face to face with another person. How convenient. And utterly depressing. Libraries seem like throwbacks ...

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  • Chip’s Nation

    I wasn’t prepared for this story. This was intended as a one year follow up to a story I’d told about a boy named Chip Madren. Chip was fighting an aggressive brain tumor and my first story about him focused on Chip’s Nation — the large group of people in Chip’s community who rallied to ...

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  • Tutu Girl

    This is that rare story that winds up being so much better than the initial pitch.  I thought it was the story of a wonderful Atlanta family that adopted a Chinese orphan who was a burn victim. That, in itself, is remarkable — that a family would take a chance on a child who looked ...

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