Sometimes opportunities come when you're most frenzied or panicked, and that was the case with this story. My first network piece was months of work eventually distilled into three minutes. My second went on air less than 24 hours after I pitched it.

This piece was also the first one where another producer collected the audio—thanks, Stephen Lance Dennee—and I wrote from the office. Hooray for teamwork!

You can hear it on NPR.