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fixtures on the news. She doesn’t try to avoid emotion while covering a story. “It’s normal to be sad. You can’t help but feel someone’s pain,” she says. Many of the high-profile events that Candiotti has covered have changed

the world. But when asked to name the most important stories of her career, she recalls a lesser-known assignment from her first job. While she was work- ing at the TV station in Binghamton, a fire claimed the lives of all the children in one family. Candiotti was asked to interview their mother. She says she still remembers how difficult it was to approach the woman, who eventually was able to share her feelings about the loss. Candiotti says this early experience shaped the way she views her role

as a journalist. “To this day, I look at these situations as giving people an opportunity to remember and honor their loved ones,” Candiotti says. “In a way, this enables all of us to help them heal.” Candiotti repeatedly has been inspired by people pulling together to

help others in the aftermath of misfortune. And she has learned how resil- ient the human spirit can be. Many people get stronger in the face of great

obstacles, perhaps even to the point of becoming activists, she says. This past summer, the University honored Candiotti at the annual Found-

ers’ Dinner. She received the School of Communication’s Damen Award, recognizing her as a distinguished alum with leadership in industry and the community, as well as in service to others. Candiotti hopes to continue to make a difference as a trusted source

of news and information. Newsgathering is evolving, she says, and it’s an exciting time to be in the industry, even though no one knows exactly what the future will bring. One thing that will not change: “There’s a thirst for knowledge that will always be there,” she says. Candiotti feels lucky to be in the position to share people’s personal

stories with the world, whether triumphs or tragedies. And she’s always ready for the next big story. She has a bag packed at all

times, in case she needs to jet off in pursuit of the facts. “I look at every day as an adventure,” she says. “Anything can happen at any time. I never know what a day will bring.”

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