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They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Then again, “they” say a lot of things, usually of questionable accuracy. However, truth is known for fostering odd coincidences and ironies. Today I’d like to look at one NPR reporter who entered that twilight zone when she became the climax of her own story: Ketzel Levine.

Economic uncertainty is the big bugaboo right now, the story on everybody’s minds be they concerned investor or someone trying to keep food on the table. Ms. Levine, like many other journalists, decided to follow that story. Her series “American Moxie: How We Get By” explores that theme by looking at a variety of Americans as they are forced to retool and reboot their lives during the current recession.

Via Stephanie Clifford of The New York Times:

Ms. Levine and her editor didn’t want a series of unconnected stories. “We came up with the idea that each person should be connected with the next somehow, and that was the best part for me,” she said. “I’d go on a story and have absolutely no idea what the next story would be — I’d have to find it while I was there.”

But there was an unexpected ending. Midway through her reporting, Ms. Levine found out that she had been laid off as part of a 64-employee cut at NPR.

A born storyteller, as examination of her career will confirm, Levine did note one thing. Despite being based on ill news for her personally, it still makes fora an amazing ending to the serialized tales she was telling.

Photo courtesy of The Brass Potato, used under its Creative Commons license

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