From Paul Hiebert’s interview with New York Daily News crime reporter Kerry Burke:
Have you ever had to break the news of a crime to the victim’s friends or family?
I have lost count of the times I’ve done that. I know a lot of reporters who won’t do it, and I understand and respect that call. But one, someone’s got to tell them, and two, I do it with as much grace and empathy as I can summon.
* Q-and-A with a Daily News crime reporter
* Earlier: Romenesko recalls his morgue reporting days