A year under my belt

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By Dan Domsic

About one year ago, I was driving around Indianapolis thinking about my future.

Honestly, I was driving back from a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut off of 38th Street while I was thinking about signing on with Current in Fishers.

Now, a week from Tuesday, I’ll have a year of experience as the Current in Fishers Managing Editor under my belt, and to celebrate, I’d like to do a top 10 countdown of my favorite stories I wrote during the past year. I’ll write about 10 through 6 this week, and next week’s column will cap 5 through 1.

10. Geist Vet-To-Vet chapter: ‘veterans healing veterans’

I had the amazing opportunity to speak with John Smitha, a Cold War veteran, about his experiences overseas, as well as the counseling group he founded for soldiers at the Geist Christian Church.

9. Olympic Ambition – HSE alum training for triathlon spot in 2016 Olympics

This story about triathlete Justin Roeder was my first cover story I wrote for Current in Fishers. This was literally just after graduation, and it was a ton of fun to put together. I didn’t do much sports writing during my high school or college years, but this was an excellent foray into sports features. Not to mention, just a cool story with a fun hook.

8. A New Sound – Fishers-based ‘The Sweetest Condition’ brings new style to local music

If Olympic Ambition was my first foray into a true sports feature with Current, A New Sound was the first music-related piece I wrote for the cover. Chatting with Leslie Benson and Jason Milner of the band was a blast, and having a chance to write about the arts was refreshing during the end of summer 2012.

7. A new Knight – Fishers resident Leo Seghetti to be recognized by French government for WWII efforts

I had the privilege to interview and write about Leo Seghetti, a WWII veteran being named a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French government. The stories he told were crisp and clear, taking me straight to the battlefield. It’s still one of my favorite interviews.

6. Town vs. city:  Preparing for the big vote

This very small story was the start to my coverage of a very big issue – residents voting on their form of government, be it modernized city, second-class city or town. This single story should have sent up a flag signaling I wouldn’t be working on a news beat anymore. It would become a news war zone.

Join me for coffee hours at Hearthstone Coffee House & Pub on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m.


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