Reporter 101: How to Land That First Job

It’s not easy. And even that’s an understatement. Where on earth are you supposed to be able to DO the job BEFORE you get the job. In other words, with NO experience, you’re supposed to perform as if you HAVE experience. Make any sense? I’ll tell you how I got my first “real” reporting job….

7 Ways To Keep Positive When It Feels Like Everything Is $#!t

Got a boss you think is mean and unfair? How about negative co-workers? Do you sometimes feel like you take one step forward in your career or your health or your relationship one day, then two steps back the next? Lonely? Far away from your family? Not motivated to work out? Facing a tough decision?…

The one thing I do every December 31st

I have a little end-of-year story for you. Every December, I set goals for next year. And every December, I review the goals I made the year before.As you know, I always wanted to be a reporter in New York. I would network, I had agents, I went on interviews, I would email News Directors.In…

Your F’ed Up Fear and Why You Need to Kiss It Goodbye

“I was already 10 years into my career as a TV News Reporter, and working in a Top 10 market when I had what I’d like to call a FEARPIPHANY.”   That’s how one of the chapters of the book I’m writing starts. It’s the chapter dealing with fear. I would love to share it…

How to Be Your Own ‘Personal Trainer of Positivity’

“If you want to stay in shape, you have to consistently work out. If you want to be positive, you have to spend time in the practice of positivity.” – Me Here’s how I practice “getting my mind right.” I do two things. Every day (or other day, depending on what craziness awaits me) I…

Lessons Learned From Spending Time with People Who’ve Done Time

I gave a talk the other night and, truth be told, I was nervous. Here’s what was running through my mind as I walked up, “How on earth could I possibly connect with a group of returning citizens – mostly African-American men – who had done time for a crime and were now learning to…

13 Words to Make You a Kick-Ass Rock Star at Anything

I just heard a line from Gabby Bernstein’s “May Cause Miracles” and it had the power to change my day: “My gratitude for myself fills me with joy and unleashes my miracle mind.” Wow! Mind blown. Backstory: I’ve been reading this book for 11 days. It is a 40 day practice, for example, you read…

Exiting My Comfort Zone and B*!@# Slapping My Inner Critic

If you think you’re your own toughest critic, hey, me too. There are many things I can pick apart in this story – for example, I hate the mic flag in the shot. But, I like how we used Instagram – an integral part of the story – to tell the story. Take a look…

How to Win the World! Life Lessons from a TV Reporter

Do you ever doubt yourself? Wait….if you’re reading this, that means you’re human – and THAT means the answer is yes, at least sometimes. I mentor dozens of young TV reporters and anchors. Any time I start a coaching relationship, the first thing I do is look at someone’s reel, or body of work. Ever…

How covering Election Night 2016 taught me I don’t know squat

It was a plum assignment: Covering Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election night event at the Jacob Javits Center. It was a long, exhaustive slog of an election cycle, and I wasn’t even one of the journalists primarily dedicated to the campaign trail. 595 days of name-calling, allegations, yelling, divisiveness, scandal, disgust. News stories about both candidates…

3 life lessons my rescue dog Murray taught me

  For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend Josh and I adopted a rescue pup named Murray 2 months ago. Murray has been the light of our lives. He’s well-behaved, sweet, inquisitive, fun-loving, loyal, and loves everyone he meets. In the 2 months I’ve lived with this 12-pound bundle of awesome, he’s taught…