My First Time . . .

Flying Air Force One into Baghdad. Swallowing a sword. Watching the execution of a client. And more tales of career firsts.

By: Washingtonian Staff

Swallowing a Sword

Saving Someone on a Search-and-Rescue Mission

Having a Video Go Viral

Marrying a Same-Sex Couple

Doing Standup Comedy

Telling a Mother Her Child Has Died

Flying Air Force One Into a War Zone

Getting Arrested

Covering a War

Competing in a Hot-Dog Eating Contest

Photographing a Wildfire

Witnessing a Client’s Execution


Briefing the President


Asking a Family to Consider Organ Donation

Coaxing a Confession from a Suspect

Pulling Together a Wedding During a Natural Disaster

Conducting an Orchestra

Helping the President Through a Crisis

Arguing Before the Supreme Court


This article appears in the November 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.