Working as a reporter in an Associated Press bureau makes you a generalist by definition. When a freeway collapses
or a ship hits the Bay Bridge
or Barry Bonds heads to court, you drop what you're doing and pitch in. Breaking news is a thrill, and I'm glad I developed the chops to handle anything in my time with AP. When things were quieter, my work focused on science and technology trends and their impact on people's everyday lives.