In journalism school, reporters are taught not to get involved with the people they write about, in order to remain impartial. Boston Globe reporter Billy Baker went against that notion, and made a world of difference in the lives of two boys because of it.
Almost exactly two years ago to the day, the Globe published a story by Baker on George and Johnny Huynh, two teen boys in Boston who were the sons of Vietnamese immigrants and dealing with incredible challenging living conditions. Initially, Baker followed the boys for the story, but after it went to print, he stayed in their lives as a friend and mentor, as their own mother was often unable to provide them the help they needed.
After two years of giving the boys emotional and financial support, Baker got some very exciting news in regards to George’s academic future, in the face of having the odds against him. Baker was so overcome with emotion, he took to Twitter to share the story with his followers:
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