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@rebecca_ruiz — 5,073 followers, 6,009 tweets

Breaking into journalism & New York media was never, ever a given for me. Thank you @lillydancyger for putting your experience out into the world & for describing what it means to "hide" where you come from. One of my favorite grafs:
"The way he persisted and continued doing his work — he's an icon by himself. But he was also very conscious about his role as someone who could inspire people with disabilities." 
As someone who has covered the military, if a reporter made this mistake...I can't even imagine the outrage (and ridicule). That it's the president of the United States, welp, it's pretty unbelievable. 
I'm writing a piece about Stephen Hawking today, but I'm also reflecting on how much better the collective media coverage of his death would be if our newsrooms were more diverse & could reflect the insights and editorial guidance of people living with disabilities.
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