Young, bright, smart, personable, curious. Chelsea has all the qualities to make a great journalist. Most of all, I appreciated her eagerness to learn and her verve for life.
She reported and wrote about all sorts of topics — from a vial of killer Ted Bundy’s blood helping to solve cold cases to Florida fishermen catching a massive shark. She helped me report one my stories about a group of devout Hindus suing a restaurant for having served them meat.
At other times, she was part of the wires team, updating daily stories or gnashing her head to come up with a new angle to the heat wave report.
Always, she approached her assignments with a big smile.
I taught a magazine writing class at UGA last semester and discovered the incredible rewards of working with young people who want to take up my profession, especially in a time when print journalism is undergoing a zillion changes. I miss teaching now. So when Chelsea and Molly Green showed up from the University of North Carolina this summer, I found an added dimension to my days at work, and relished it.
Working with Chelsea made me see journalism with fresh eyes. She helped energize me, inspired me to carry on.
Thanks for all your hard work, Chelsea. I will miss you. And I know you will shine.