Thursday afternoon after we got home from ice skating with some of our favorite folks (one of the fun summer things we've been up to lately), the doorbell rang. I said, "Who is it?" fully expecting it to be the neighbors saying our chickens had escaped again...or maybe a proselytizer of some sort. But the answer was, "Manny Fernandez. I'm a reporter with the New York Times looking for Kyla [Last Name]." I was shocked! Reporters from the New York Times do not show up on my doorstop every day out of the blue!
As you probably already know, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act that day and it is a big news story. The reporter had been in our area because there is a high rate of uninsured here and he had seen an earlier article in the local paper about us and tracked me down. I spoke with him for a few minutes, but because it was just me and KayTar here, I couldn't do a whole lot of talking. I asked if he would email me his questions and I would respond that way and then we could touch base about anything else the following day and that is exactly what we did. Yesterday, the reporter and a photographer came back and we talked a bit more and got some photos.
I felt very comfortable with the interview and what I said, but I'm always nervous about how what I say might be edited and perhaps not stay true to what I intended to communicate, so I was anxious to see it this morning and woke up much too early to check on it. I *think* it came across really well. I definitely didn't read it and think "That's not what I meant!" Whew! It is online and in print today (page A11). KayTar is SO excited to have a picture of her kissing a sock monkey in the New York Times. When she heard the reporter and photographer were coming yesterday, she said, "I thought I was going to be a nobody, but I guess I'm going to be a SOMEBODY!" Haha! She cracks me up! She's ALWAYS been a somebody in my book!
Here are the links to the article and the audio blip from me.