And since I just turned 32, I'm thinking about getting married, having a family, and that's very difficult to do on the road as a correspondent.
We're not as civilized as we think. And I wanted with my coverage really to drive that point home - because there's something we can do about it.
Sometimes stories are inherently important whether or not they have a direct relation to your life.
Finally, I get to have houseplants and they stay alive.
But for the first time in many years, I get to sleep in my own bed every night. I haven't done that, literally, in years. It seems like such a small thing, but it is so nice.
It's really hard to do justice to your family and I want to give 100 percent to my marriage and family. So being an anchor would allow me to do that.
I think one of the most important things they did was create an environment where it was absolutely a given that women held authoritative positions.
I didn't want my parents to support me. I wanted to prove that I could do it by myself.
In my rational mind, I know... that is a very simplistic way of looking at it, but when there is violence of that kind, it challenges my faith. I still can't say that I totally understand why - why that is allowed to happen.
So now my road map has changed and I don't have a really clear idea of what the next stops are.
I don't always get to go to a Mass in a traditional church, there's a friend who likes to have book parties at her home in Connecticut.
The school made it very clear that women were entitled to positions of authority. That sense of entitlement allowed us to feel that we have a natural place in leadership in the world. That gave me a mental and emotional confidence.
As a journalist, it is so easy to get hardened when you see so many stories that are disturbing. Sometimes it's just your survival mechanism that makes you hardened to some of it.
But there's always a Mass. It's not a formal Mass at all. We're sitting around her dining room table with wine and Eucharist and holding hands. It's very informal and small, but to me that's a wonderful way to have Mass.
I think I'd like to stay anchoring because, number one, I'm learning a lot, and I love it when I'm learning. And number two, I also have the luxury of a stable life.
What upset me the most was not that I would die, but that I was letting down my parents. I felt very guilty for chasing this dream career of mine, at the expense of my parents.
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