The Memory Keeper

Gosia Wozniacka Reflections

In February, I took a break from the AP and have since been living and working in Poland, Eastern Europe, helping to take care of my 92-year-old grandmother and participating in a 9-month course of workshops for reporters at the Institute of Reportage in Warsaw. Poland is famous for its long-form journalism, with literary giants such as Ryszard Kapuściński. For …

Roseburg mass shooting

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES, Reflections

Events like the Roseburg UCC college shooting are always difficult to cover. As a reporter, you work like a machine, 12 hour days on auto-pilot, and your emotions and exhaustion only catch up with you later. What’s most difficult is having to approach families whose world just collapsed. How to journalistically cover a tragedy like a mass shooting and still …

Reflections. Summer evening

Gosia Wozniacka Reflections

Walk. When the sun’s strength dims and shadows start to fall on homes and sidewalks. Walk down, straight down your street, your broken sidewalk, turn without thinking, Van Ness, Elizabeth, Fulton, Dudley. Walk. Past overgrown alleyways, past nopale bushes with tiny red fruit that cut your hands when you tried to steal them (someone once said, ‘be brave when picking …