Welcome to my reporter blog. It’s a personal way to share my professional life. The decades of interesting work that became rudely interrupted by something that has resulted in a whole new piece of work. My life is the subject of a memoir, Crash Course: A Reporter’s Journey into Prison, co-written with my husband, novelist Philip Austin. The manuscript, excerpted here, is currently under consideration by several major publishers. It’s a stark, often funny, hopefully intriguing examination of my lost and found years of rape, alcoholism, and eventually incarceration in our nation’s oldest women’s prison. Recently I was interviewed by Dick Gordon, host of American Public Media’s The Story, http://thestory.org/an in-depth discussion of how a veteran NPR reporter ended up behind the razor wire for nearly five years. Airing date and archive link will be published on this blog soon, as well as ongoing links to publishing and broadcast credits as they emerge. It’s been a long, strange trip, lots of ups and downs, disasters and epiphanies, as I reenter the reporter’s world I so love, and left behind an eternity ago. Thanks for visiting. Feel free to leave a note. I’d love to hear from you. Pippin.