When I look back on my career as a journalist, I very clearly see two people who helped me—both directly and indirectly—achieve the position I have today. In the early 2000s, when I was a mere editorial assistant (read: intern) at Seattle magazine, then-managing editor J. Kingston Pierce took me under his wing and not only taught me the basics of good journalism and journalistic ethics, but also had a faith in me that no one, not even myself, had ever had in me before.
A few years later, when I started as associate editor of Corporate Legal Times (now InsideCounsel), former editor Rob Vosper continued to push me to work harder and be a better reporter and writer. There is no question in my mind that if it weren’t for these two men, I would not be sitting here today. From personal experience, I can say that mentors provide influence we simply can’t find on our own.