My Bilingual Doubletalk In Mexico

by Kevin Burton    My career as an English as a Second Language teacher came to an abrupt early end one night under the streetlights outside a small taco shop in Puebla.    To tell you how and why that happened, I first turn to BBC writer Nicole Chang, who recently wrote about what speaking …

Blind Rock Climber Has Life In Focus

by Kevin Burton    After seeing one too many stories about blindness that was full of stereotypes and stupidity, I started a conversation.      I wrote about how my time as a newsman who happens to be legally blind made me sensitive to misconceptions about blindness that seep into society through the pages of …

Seeing The World As A Blind Newsman

by Kevin Burton    I’ve heard some speeches, I’ve made some speeches. In the end, I am speechless.    For years I was a self-styled superhero, defending the blind from the ignorant and the arrogant. I had logic on my side. I had passion.    But that metaphorical cape I wore on the job, I …

Never Get Your Proverbs From A Cookie

by Kevin Burton    Got two fortune cookies with my latest order from my favorite Chinese restaurant.     The first fortune cookie had no fortune in it. Have you ever in all your life had a fortune cookie without a fortune? I had not. I guess there is a first time for everything.    When …

Reflecting On News As CNN Turns 41

by Kevin Burton     CNN first hit the airwaves 41 years ago yesterday. But you wouldn’t be wrong to say it really started in 1991.    Any way you slice it, news has never been the same since Ted Turner’s brainchild went live.  That’s when changes in the way news is gathered and consumed began. …