When I was first asked about the possibility of giving a commencement address at the UC-Berkeley School of Journalism, I thought why me? I seem to be an odd choice. Because I have never seen myself as a journalist - that is, not until recently. Maybe, it was because I was recently hired to work for The New York Times. (If you work for The Times, don’t you have to be a journalist by definition?)
And then, I started to reflect on what I have been doing for the last thirty years or so. And I started to think – maybe, just maybe, I am a journalist.