James Burnett has written about everything from crime and public safety to local governments, to schools, including projects on firefighters' emotional health in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and the state of public schools on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. But he's had the most fun over the past six years, as he's transitioned from what news junkies call "hard" news to what Burnett calls squeezeably soft news. Not soft as in flabby or unimportant, but soft as in good feeling, thoughtful, not repetitive, and not often depressing. These days as a features writer and columnist, Burnett looks for trends in popular culture, style, music, technology, relationships, race and ethnicity, behavior, and plain old living. He joined The Miami Herald in Oct. 2005 after a stint at a newspaper in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.