A strange thing about anchoring on a cable news channel is you can talk with, and feel as though you are getting to know, someone over and over again before you meet him in person.
When I anchored on @MSNBC, Christopher Dickey and I chatted many times over the transom, perhaps most memorably during the Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki.

But often it was more prosaic. "What's the news?"

I was in a cold studio. He was in the 8th arrondissement.
I knew of his reporting, his work, and the significance of his surname.

I spent my childhood in the Carolinas, and I too was the son of an English professor.

Chris was a legend in his own right, and it was always a treat to talk to him.
I remember when he first appeared on "Up," the show I used to moderate on @MSNBC.

How glad I was to shake his hand.

Everyone was thrilled to see him. When he spoke, the other guests leaned in. He was sharp and funny, and he didn't hold back.
An aside:

That morning, @lachlan was also on the show. He had some scoop or another, and I remember Chris was beaming.

In recent days, many of his colleagues at @thedailybeast have noted he was a marvelous mentor. That was immediately evident.
After the show, Chris insisted we get coffee. Of course I obliged.

We talked about his itinerant childhood, his dad, my dad, the South, how he ended up in Paris, and where he was headed next:

Somewhere warm, where he would reunite with his beloved grandchildren.
Chris was someone I always looked forward to seeing — at that way station between his perch in Paris, which seemed so pleasant and enviable, and those family reunions.

(This youngish father admired how much he treasured time spent with his kin.)
In the interim, I read what he wrote, and I gazed longingly at his photos on Instagram.

During the pandemic, under lockdown, he dug into his archive; then, as his city opened up, he seemed to wander endlessly.

Paris was getting back into the swing of things, and so was he.
I often think back on what he said to me — on air and off set, about this country, and how unrecognizable it had become.

But also about what it means to be a journalist and a dad.

I will miss him.

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