Reporter 101: Be Fearless and Move

You may or may not know, but I moved to Washington, DC. I’m now the lead reporter for the 11pm news for WUSA-TV, the local CBS affiliate. Yes, the reporter who made a segment out of NYC’s alternate-side-of-the-street-parking, who’s first reporting job was to traipse around the forgotten borough, is a New Yorker no more. You think that was easy? Hell, no. But nothing in this career is.

So, I find myself riding the Metro, and reading the blog, “Fishbowl DC” now. I’ve done some great, worthy stories, and I work with a fabulous, dedicated, intelligent, forward-thinking, thoughtful and nice crew of professionals. All this to say, just one word of advice for all you new reporters: move. Yes, move. Now. If I – the self-proclaimed Mayor of Greenwich Village who knows the difference between Greenwich Street and Greenwich Avenue, and the cheapest place to buy groceries (Western Beef. You’re welcome.) – can do it, so can you.

Funny thing, a long time ago, I met George Stephanopolous, and asked him for career advice, he told me, “Move.” It took me 9 years, but finally, George, I listened.

Now, I’m off to go cover the 2nd presidential debate. Ironically, it’s in NY.


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