The Best of 2010

by Melissa Brunner

Lots of lists come out this time of year, looking back, recapping the highlights and lowlights. It spurred me to reflect on what's happened in my own little corner of the world this year.

On the work front, I could add my two cents as to what I thought were the top local news stories of the year. However, I know I'd leave something out, so I'll give you a few of my personal highlights. First, election nights always stand out. It's hours of unscripted, off-the-cuff coverage that is always challenging - and always makes me proud of every member of our news team, from graphics, audio and directors, to producers and reporters, to the sales and support staff who volunteer to spend the night making phone calls and entering numbers. Oh, and not to mention how the results of election night will impact our lives for the years to come!

The other items that come to mind are the specials we produced in the last third of the year: Taking Control: Living with Juvenile Arthritis; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; and Children of Hope. Each introduced me to some inspiring people who truly touched me and made me appreciate things I often take for granted, like my health or the roof over my head.

2010 also brought several personal highlights. Among them, joining Amanda Lanum and Amy Schmidt as we ran our first half-marathon in Lawrence in April, working as a campaign ambassador for the United Way of Greater Topeka and having the Boy Scouts select me to the inaugural class of Greater Topeka's 20 under 40.

I know 2011 will bring many more adventures. First up is the inauguration, followed by joining the 2011 Leadership Greater Topeka class.

Why no low-lights? Because I prefer to leave the negative behind and move ahead, learning from the low-lights so they contribute to highlights in the future.

Here's wishing you all the best in the year ahead!


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