Like many of you, I awoke last Saturday morning to the awful news that Louisiana’s Michael Pierce, a beloved member of the high-performance boating community, and his father, Mike, had died in an automobile accident the night before. Unlike Jason Johnson, my friend and colleague at speedonthewater.com, who first reported the tragic story, I didn’t know Michael Pierce. I just knew of him as the owner of sensational Pure Platinum series Skater Powerboats 388 catamaran.
But Johnson did. Through tears, he worked from Friday night till early Saturday morning to get the story and respectfully report it.
Even in moments of utter despair, journalist Jason Johnson (left with Michael Pierce) doesn’t flinch from exceptional reporting (click image to enlarge). Photo copyright speedonthewater.com
This was not Johnson’s first time reporting the death of a friend from the go-fast boating world. Last year, he had to report on the loss of his friends Brad and Connie Kloepfer of former Lickity Split fame after the Desert Storm event in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Johnson worked through the night, as well as his own grief, on that story as well.