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From Reporter Hal Eisner

A Personal Note

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From time to time I am asked how do reporters deal with tragic stories in the field? How do we keep from getting all wrapped up in the emotion of our stories? I think each reporter has his or her own way of being observers and distancing emotion, but we do have emotions. On occasion I have seen reporters try to hold back a tear. And, in some cases, they were not successful. It happens to all of us. There is a reason why certain stories are called "tragic."

Monday night at a memorial for El Monte High School Senior Adrian Castro, one of the victims of last week's bus crash, I walked up to Adrian's dad, Raul, to express my condolences. I told him how all day Friday, as I was working on this story, I kept thinking about the families, the parents and how sad it all was. He stood up and put out his arms. "Give me a hug," he said. He's the one who needed it, but he was giving one to me. Some said that's the kind of guy his son was. Runs in the family.

How do I deal with tragic stories? The best I can. How touching is it when a mourner reaches for a hug? Very.

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