Vote Early And Often

As the correspondent for Assignment America, I've always felt it was wrong for me to vote for the stories I'm going to cover. So I never have. My parents vote. My camerman votes. But I don't.

That's not to say I'm not secretly rooting for one story over another. I usually do have a story choice I like better than the others. Or sometimes there's just one I DON'T want to win. Such was the case this week. I thought the story about adaptive skiing was old news. Kids with physical and mental challenges have been skiing for years. I thought -- what could I do with the story that hasn't already been done a million times?

So guess what story won? Adaptive skiing.

Thank goodness America knows a good idea when they see it (even if I don't always). The story, which we shot at the Holimont Ski resort near Buffalo, turned out to be one of my favorites in a long time. I had no idea adaptive skiing was one of the fastest growing segments of the ski industry. I had no idea how much skiing could help these kids. And I certainly didn't expect to fall in love with them the way I did.

The piece airs tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. After the story, we'll be offering three new choices for you to pick from for next week's Assignment America. Needless to say, I won't be voting (but you really should...)

  • Steve Hartman

    Steve Hartman has been a CBS News correspondent since 1998, having served as a part-time correspondent for the previous two years.