Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson. (Photo: Torrey Schenewerk, GCS Photography Inc)

The world is a grim place these days. Even as Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson took the stage at the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo in Austin, across the state, 19 children and two teachers were killed in an elementary school shooting. As we watch the news, stories like this, coupled with a war in Ukraine, economic uncertainty and an increasingly hostile political discourse, create a picture of despair.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.