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32 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Allie Berube | ABC Harrisburg Sports Anchor and Reporter
Allie Berube is a sports anchor and reporter at the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The viewing area covers 95 high schools and more than a dozen colleges in Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York.What do sports journalists do in the age of coronavirus when everything's been canceled? Allie explains how she's finding a way. We also talk about the clock that constantly runs in her head, the monster task of producing a weekly 45-minute high school football show, and her series of stories that highlights female athletes.
35 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Baruch Shemtov | Former Fox New York Entertainment Reporter
For five years, Baruch Shemtov brought his unique brand of energy and charisma to Good Day New York, the morning show on Fox. He's currently working toward an MBA at Harvard Business School.Baruch walks me through the hectic life of a morning show reporter, which includes brightening people's moods through some outrageous experiences. He also discusses the art of the celebrity interview, and how a side hustle while working as a CNN researcher launched his TV career.
26 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Luis Miguel Echegaray | Sports Illustrated Host and Writer
Luis Miguel Echegaray is a host and writer at Sports Illustrated who focuses on soccer content and growing the Latinx/Spanish audience.We talk about why men's soccer can't seem to catch up to women's soccer in the U.S., SI's long-term strategy to reach young people craving content, and what the reduction of the magazine means for the company.
44 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
Adam Kuperstein | NBC New York Weekend Anchor and Reporter
Adam Kuperstein is the weekend anchor and a reporter for NBC's flagship station in New York City.Covering the recent Jersey City shooting, rapid-fire gunshots sounded behind Adam while he was reporting live on air. We talk about the traumatizing experience and how he's dropped everything to cover other anti-Semitic attacks like the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.He also shares how being out in a hurricane was the first step in his transition from sports to news, and dishes on his hard-hitting interview with the man who ate a $120,000 banana at Miami's Art Basel. Plus, #TielessSaturdays!
23 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
Howard Bernstein (Pt. 2) | CBS Washington Meteorologist
Howard Bernstein is the weekday morning meteorologist for the CBS affiliate in Washington DC.In the second half of our conversation, we talk about the common criticism that meteorologists rarely get the forecast right, the weather apps that come with smartphones and the role climate change plays in his daily work.
25 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
Howard Bernstein (Pt. 1) | CBS Washington Meteorologist
Howard Bernstein is the weekday morning meteorologist for the CBS affiliate in Washington DC.Howard shares the mysteries of how meteorologists come up with their forecasts! We also talk about tornado chasing in Maryland and Oklahoma, plus how he bounced back from bombing a job interview at The Weather Channel.
32 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
Joe Vazquez | CBS San Francisco Reporter
Joe Vazquez is a National Emmy award-winning reporter for the CBS affiliate in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area.He shares his frightening story of being the victim of an armed robbery at work - a serious issue in the market - plus covering protests and riots in Oakland after a police shooting, and how a backpacking European vacation with his wife turned into a sudden job as an NBC News correspondent.
32 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
Danielle Robay | Entertainment Host and Media Personality
Danielle Robay is immersed in the world of entertainment, hosting and media. She's an IMDB host as well as a featured reporter on 'California Live', a lifestyle show on NBC Los Angeles.We talk about how she ended up having breakfast with Larry King, an interview at the Emmys that had both her and the celebrity tearing up, and how a little-known character actor inspired her to keep believing in herself.
24 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Ari Odzer (Pt. 2) | NBC Miami Reporter
In the second half of our conversation, Ari Odzer talks about getting tear-gassed on live TV during a riot, being followed around for weeks by a documentary film crew, and running into a fan of his all the way across the country...although it was more like "crashing" into.
26 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Ari Odzer (Pt. 1) | NBC Miami Reporter
Ari Odzer is a veteran award-winning reporter for the NBC station in Miami.We talk about his exhausting marathon coverage of the devastating Hurricane Andrew in 1992, including when he convinced a helicopter pilot to break some rules for a fast food lunch. He also shares what still gets his juices going about the job and how he's found a satisfying niche reporting on the Florida education system.
32 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Brandon Pope | The Jam Chicago Reporter
Brandon Pope is a reporter for The Jam, a morning show on Chicago's CW station that's about having fun while also taking a deeper look and contextualizing important issues facing the city.We talk about how he never left the theater when he covered a 59-hour, 22-movie Marvel marathon, what celebrities like JB Smoove and Kel Mitchell are really like, and where the best stories came from during the 2012 Olympics.
32 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Jon Sciambi | ESPN Baseball Announcer
Jon "Boog" Sciambi is a baseball play-by-play announcer for ESPN.We talk about how being a "sneaky a**hole" helps one of the game's best hitters, if the sport of baseball has a problem, and dispel some of the common misconceptions about calling a game.
31 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Natasha Verma | NBC Denver Anchor
Natasha Verma is the morning anchor at the legacy station in Denver, NBC 9News. She graduated high school at 15, completed her Master's degree at 18, and has been a working journalist ever since.Natasha is a cancer survivor too, so we talk about her decision to share her diagnosis with viewers and how she turned that experience into a charitable one. We also discuss her feature-length documentary about a female boxer and how she mastered the highly-chaotic job of covering morning traffic in Boston.
34 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Josh Hinkle | NBC Austin Director of Investigations & Innovation
Josh Hinkle is the award-winning director of investigations at NBC Austin, as well as the host of the weekly political show State of Texas.We talk about his documentary looking at deadly police shootings and the mental health training officers receive, exposing corruption inside Texas's powerful oil and gas regulatory body, and how showing viewers the behind-the-scenes process of investigative journalism has taken on crucial importance.
30 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Jane Wells | CNBC Special Correspondent
Jane Wells has worked for CNBC covering business news and specialty features since 1996. She's also reported in major markets like Los Angeles and Miami.The podcast lives up to its name this week - Jane risked her job to be in the Seinfeld finale, she got an exclusive interview with the pilot who flew OJ Simpson to Chicago the night of the murders, she's posed as a prostitute on the streets of Miami, and she's visited a leper colony in India.Jane also has two podcasts of her own, very different but both fascinating.-Strange Success chronicles rags-to-riches stories with a twist-Top Story Tonight! re-imagines history as if social media and our 24/7 news cycle existed at the time
34 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Ray Zate | Fox Las Vegas Promotions Manager and Former Chief Photographer
Ray Zate was the chief photographer at Fox Las Vegas before becoming a manager in the promotions department. He's worked in El Paso, Nashville and Atlanta, where he also had the opportunity to report as a one-man band.Ray and I talk about how Fox 5 in Vegas approaches promos as real storytelling opportunities, why the 1-October tragedy changed his outlook on his career and how camping along the Mexican border with vigilantes became the work he's most proud of.
24 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
Phil Lipof (Pt. 2) | NBC Boston Anchor
In Part 2 of my conversation with Phil Lipof, he talks about the series of stories he did after 9/11 about terrorism in Israel, including how he landed an interview with the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs thanks to some persistence and luck.Phil also shares his two experiences interviewing Donald Trump before he became president, and how he snuck in some time with the Dalai Lama when he probably wasn't supposed to.
27 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
Phil Lipof (Pt. 1) | NBC Boston Anchor
Phil Lipof is a veteran journalist who currently anchors for NBC Boston. His previous reporting and anchoring stops include New York City and Miami.He shares the story of when he was nervous about sending his wife to be alone with OJ Simpson, when he had a gun pointed at his head during Hurricane Katrina and how personal it was to cover the Boston Marathon bombing.
40 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
Baxter Holmes | ESPN Senior NBA Writer
Baxter Holmes is a senior NBA writer for ESPN who's focused on in-depth feature reporting. He's also worked as a beat reporter for the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.We talk about his stories that dig into the human and personal side of NBA life, including the league's obsession with PB&J sandwiches, a coaching legend's use of wine to forge a winning culture and how youth basketball may be dooming our players.Baxter also reveals a side of Kobe Bryant you may not know and how an LA food writer became so influential to him.
29 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
Lauren Magiera | WGN Chicago Host of Destination: Outdoors
Lauren Magiera is the host of the new Destination: Outdoors adventure show on WGN Chicago, in addition to her responsibilities as a sports anchor and reporter.We talk about the rock climbing, fishing and archery she does on the show, and how putting those activities on television is a much different beast than simply doing them on your own. Lauren also shares how crazy it gets hosting outdoors segments when you're "one-man banding" without a photographer, and she tells about the time she thought she might die on a bear hunt.For a sneak 'PEAK' of Lauren's show, click here.
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