Tom loves discovering why PNNL scientists do what they do, then telling the world. He has been covering science full time for 30 years and starts most interviews with simple questions such as, "What are you doing?" and "Why?" He worked closely with news reporters for many years before focusing almost exclusively on science writing in 2017. "Proteogenomics," "oligodendrocytes," "albedo" -- those should all be translated as "researchers laboring away in their laboratories for your benefit and the benefit of all humankind." Every scientist has a story to tell, and a story worth listening to. It's worth our patience and time to hear, and tell, their stories.