Journalism has been central to my interests for all of my adult life. Reporting for a national newspaper, a metro paper and several small community papers provided a great education in the ethics of giving citizens information. The subject followed me easily into my teaching at the University of Washington. I introduced ethics instruction in the UW communication program in 1985 and have taught the course on the Seattle campus at least once a year since. My book Covering Violence is a study of the ways journalists report on traumatic events as well as a blueprint for ethical reporting about those who suffer violence. In 2001, I received the national Distinguished Teacher Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, recognition of the introduction of emotional training into journalism instruction.