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Breann Schossow: 2010 Devroy Fellow

Immediately after the13th Ann Devroy Forum ended, I was juggling my laptop (which was used to send tweets about the event for an assignment) while receiving hugs and well wishes, glowing with excitement. A man approached me, and held out his hand, introducing himself as a family member of Ann's. I'll never forget what he said to me.

"I see Ann in you."

And then he stepped out of line, letting the next person step up to greet me.

That, in itself, is what makes this Fellowship so fantastic. Ann was simply amazing. Knowing that her legacy, determination and thirst for the truth live on in each of the fellows is good for our profession. It is an immense honor to be named as an Ann Devroy Fellow.

With that in mind, I headed to The Washington Post  January 2011.

Spending three weeks there has left me with an unquenchable thirst for this profession. I had the chance to learn the ins and outs of the newsroom, while shadowing some of the most remarkable reporters I have ever met. People who, like Ann, strive to be even better than is possible to do their jobs.

From my day in the Supreme Court to sitting in on the beginning of the health care repeal debate in the House to helping a reporter interview neighbors of a young mother dead before her time, I have changed. I am not the same journalist I was, because learning more about the profession I love has made me better. I will strive to be better than my very best to carry on Ann Devroy's legacy, determination and thirst for the truth.

It's an amazing way to begin a journalism career, and something that I'm indescribably grateful for. Thank you.