I have always embraced the written word. I remember a note my third-grade teacher wrote on a report card: "Molly is an avid reader." I also remember asking my mother what "avid" meant. Then my ninth-grade English teacher commented that I have some talent as a writer. After graduating from Vernon Verona Sherrill High School, I spent two years at Skidmore College majoring in English, that most nebulous of majors.
Colin Fogarty fell in love with public radio as a 19–year–old student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He launched his life in radio as a board operator at WMUB, where he spun records for "Mama Jazz." He was always a news junky, but he got hooked on reporting when he covered a 1992 campaign rally. Colin ran across the quad, stuck a microphone in then-Senator Al Gore's face and asked a question. When Gore actually answered, Colin knew he had found his calling.