Journalists & News Producers


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Highlights
Katie Couric on lessons learned from being an anchor on Today
Jorge Ramos on the role of a journalist and taking a stand
Sam Donaldson on his aggressive reporting style
Barbara Walters on her approach to interviewing
Anderson Cooper on doing stories for Channel One News from Vietnam
Betty Cole Dukert on advice to aspiring news producers
Who talked about this profession

Robert G. Anderson

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Robert G. Anderson on what he learned in journalism school and what they failed to teach
Robert G. Anderson on the biggest challenges reporting the news in Asia, and on smuggling in equipment
Robert G. Anderson on how he was able to scoop a big story about Indira Gandhi by sharing sources with the AP
Robert G. Anderson on the cultural differences he experienced while covering news from Korea
Robert G. Anderson on what Mike Wallace brought to 60 Minutes, and on his reporting style and how it affected the stories he covered (specifically, on "The Archbishop" story)
Robert G. Anderson on the advice Dan Rather and others gave him about producing 60 Minutes (versus the Evening News): choose your main character carefully
Robert G. Anderson on his approach to writing for the news
Robert G. Anderson on how news reporting has changed over the years
Robert G. Anderson on advice he would offer an aspiring news producer

Army Archerd

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Army Archerd on covering the Hollywood beat for print news outlets
Army Archerd on his advice to aspiring entertainment reporters

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on her early interview technique
Rona Barrett on getting her stories and dealing with the legal department
Rona Barrett on how she got her stories
Rona Barrett on the "rules" for her interviews
Rona Barrett on advice to aspiring gossip reporters

Lowell Bergman

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Lowell Bergman on dealing with deadlines
Lowell Bergman on working for 20/20 and the differences between reporters and producers
Lowell Bergman on reporting for ABC News and dealing with media savvy subjects
Lowell Bergman on producing news stories from dangerous places
Lowell Bergman on advice to an aspiring journalist

Linda Bell Blue

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Linda Bell Blue on her management style as a producer
Linda Bell Blue on the format of  Entertainment Tonight and keeping the audience tuned in
Linda Bell Blue on how ideas go from pitch to actual story on Entertainment Tonight
Linda Bell Blue on advice to aspiring news producers

Ed Bradley

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Ed Bradley on getting his first on-camera interview at WCBS
Ed Bradley on developing journalistic impartiality during the Civil Rights Movement
Ed Bradley on the difference between reporting for radio versus television
Ed Bradley on keeping his personal opinions about war out of the reporting on the Vietnam conflict
Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes executive producer Don Hewitt's editorial style
Ed Bradley on his interviewing style
Ed Bradley on the importance of segment producers

Vivian Brown

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Vivian Brown on a typical week in her life at The Weather Channel
Vivian Brown on advice to aspiring meteorologists 

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on his career path to being a meteorologist
Jim Cantore on what he wears when he reports on extreme weather and the importance of protecting equipment
Jim Cantore on the dangers of reporting live from the field
Jim Cantore on advice to aspiring weather forecasters

Stan Chambers

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Stan Chambers on the process of covering local news

Connie Chung

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Connie Chung on her interest in journalism
Connie Chung on becoming a news writer and an on-air reporter
Connie Chung on getting hired at CBS News

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on how news reporting has changed over the years
Nick Clooney on his style of news reporting
Nick Clooney on action reporting in the news and the then-current style of news

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on maintaining neutrality as a journalist 
Anderson Cooper on dealing with breaking news as an anchor live 
Anderson Cooper on advice to aspiring television journalists 

Katie Couric

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Katie Couric on lessons learned from being an anchor on Today

Walter Cronkite

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Walter Cronkite on some early lessons about journalism from his days writing for radio
Walter Cronkite on the changes in journalistic integrity; says the press is "more responsible" now than in the 30s when he was a newspaper reporter; tells anecdote of getting facts wrong in one case
Walter Cronkite on how they called a play-by-play telegraph football game in his radio days, and how one time the wires went down and he had to make up his own version of the game
Walter Cronkite on learning a valuable lesson- never broadcast anything you haven't fully researched
Walter Cronkite on doing the news broadcast in 1950 with no script
Walter Cronkite on the subtle differences in TV journalism between editorials, commentary, and analysis
Walter Cronkite on covering the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I in London in 1953, and the technical challenges that presented
Walter Cronkite on the pressures on the press by the White House over the Watergate story
Walter Cronkite on how important Producers are to the News genre, but often overlooked

Sam Donaldson

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Sam Donaldson on his initial reluctance to join ABC news in 1967
Sam Donaldson on his aggressive reporting style
Sam Donaldson on the competitive nature of ABC News in the 1970s as they tried to scoop CBS or NBC
Sam Donaldson on the visual aspect of TV news coverage
Sam Donaldson on the magazine news show format (Primetime Live)
Sam Donaldson on becoming a commentator on roundtable programs
Sam Donaldson on criticism of his aggressive journalistic style

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on setting ground rules for the reporters on Meet the Press
Betty Cole Dukert on advice to aspiring news producers

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on his first job as a producer on the 11 o'clock news at KPIX in San Francisco
Jeff Fager on his first job at CBS News, on the overnight news show, Nightwatch
Jeff Fager on how Don Hewitt's philosophy of news influenced him as producer of 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on producing hard news versus entertainment stories: he prefers "entertaining stories" on CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on the production of 60 Minutes: pitching stories and how he approves or rejects story ideas
Jeff Fager on what journalists can learn from Mike Wallace and Ed Bradley about conducting interviews
Jeff Fager on stories he worked on as producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in London
Jeff Fager on the process of developing stories for 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on the process of editing and occasionally reshooting stories on 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on moving from producer to executive producer after having gathered enough experience in the field to be an effective editor of others' stories
Jeff Fager on being executive producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather at a time when news was becoming more sensational
Jeff Fager on the responsibility he felt in producing news stories in the wake of 9/11
Jeff Fager on bringing on younger correspondents when he became executive producer of 60 Minutes and the importance of diversity
Jeff Fager on balancing his roles as Chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes and his proudest achievements as Chairman
Jeff Fager on concerns over libel claims as a news producer: "these aren't legal issues, they're fairness issues"
Jeff Fager on the most difficult and the most exciting part about being executive producer of 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on the best advice he received on producing a story, from Don Hewitt
Jeff Fager on advice for young journalists
Jeff Fager on the lifestyle of being a journalist

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on the language barrier that foreign correspondents face, and his particular challenges when he was covering Japan and Korea after the Korean War
Murray Fromson on the experience of an American reporting in a foreign country, and the inevitable cultural biases that appear in reporting
Murray Fromson on how the parameters of what the press reports on and has access to has changed over time
Murray Fromson on what was involved with being the field producer for CBS News' coverage of Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign
Murray Fromson on threats to journalistic freedom from Richard M. Nixon's administration, and the formation of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Murray Fromson on how he reported conversations with dissidents in the Soviet Union while working there in the 1970s
Murray Fromson on his proudest career achievements and on the then-current state of journalism
Murray Fromson on the centrality of a free press to a free society
Murray Fromson on the idea of a professional code of ethics for journalists
Murray Fromson on advice to aspiring journalists

Don Hewitt

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Don Hewitt on the most rewarding aspect of being a producer of television news, and on what represents the best of television

Gwen Ifill

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Gwen Ifill on knowing she wanted to be a journalist at age nine
Gwen Ifill on Tim Russert talking her into going on television full time
Gwen Ifill on starting on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer aka PBS NewsHour and starting to anchor

Lucy Jarvis

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Lucy Jarvis on what makes a good news/documentary program
Lucy Jarvis on advice to aspiring documentarians

Jeff Kisseloff

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Jeff Kisseloff on his methodology when compiling oral histories
Jeff Kisseloff on getting people to talk to him for his oral histories
Jeff Kisseloff on the process of compiling interviews and finding narratives for his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on the facts vs people's versions of history
Jeff Kisseloff on looking at people's paperwork and memorabilia when compiling interviews for his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on the people he didn't get to interview for his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on how he started his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on the scope of his interviews for his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on choosing the end point for his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on dealing with human limitations (memory lapses, ect.) when compiling his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on the importance of capturing older people's experience for projects like his book "The Box: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961"
Jeff Kisseloff on dealing with various personalities and situations when conducting oral history interviews, including Norman Felton and Greg Garrison
Jeff Kisseloff on the code of ethics and best practices he follows for his oral history interviews
Jeff Kisseloff on the differences between interviewing on audio tape and video tape
Jeff Kisseloff on oral historians working with advancements in technology
Jeff Kisseloff on the books he authored being used in academia
Jeff Kisseloff on what makes a great interviewer, and getting valuable information from subjects

Ted Koppel

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Ted Koppel on wanting to be Edward R. Murrow when he grew up
Ted Koppel on becoming an anchor at ABC Evening News
Ted Koppel on advice to aspiring journalists

Steve Kroft

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Steve Kroft on the biggest story of his career and his advice to aspiring journalists

Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer on interviewing
Jim Lehrer on what makes a good interview
Jim Lehrer on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists

Kurt Loder

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Kurt Loder on his favorite stories and his interview techniques for MTV News
Kurt Loder on advice to aspiring music journalists

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on editing news stories 
Robert MacNeil on the logistics of The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour and hiring staff for the show
Robert MacNeil on doing the assignments for The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour  and writing his scripts
Robert MacNeil on how he goes about researching a story he's covering and his interview technique
Robert MacNeil on the difference between serious journalism and not serious journalism
Robert MacNeil on the journalist's code of ethics

Sig Mickelson

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Sig Mickelson on the duty of broadcast news to be objective, and on the public perception of broadcast news' integrity
Sig Mickelson on journalists having a professional code of ethics

Bill Monroe

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Bill Monroe on covering politics at WDSU in New Orleans, and on setting up camera in the legislature
Bill Monroe on the introduction of editorials on local news shows, like WDSU, and on their editorials on school desegregation
Bill Monroe on difficult interviews he conducted on Meet the Press, and his interviewing technique

Roger Mudd

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Roger Mudd on the process of reporting at CBS in the 1960s
Roger Mudd on filling in for Walter Cronkite as anchor of CBS Evening News
Roger Mudd on his view of ethics in journalism
Roger Mudd on what TV news owes to the public
Roger Mudd on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on advice to aspiring television academics

Nicolas Noxon

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Nicolas Noxon on the logistics of shooting National Geographic Specials on location
Nicolas Noxon on the process of producing a documentary
Nicolas Noxon on how he knows when a documentary is complete
Nicolas Noxon on advice to aspiring documentarians
Nicolas Noxon on objectivity and ethics in documentaries

Jane Pauley

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Jane Pauley on being comfortable in front of the camera
Jane Pauley on advice for people getting into broadcasting
Jane Pauley on the current and future role of the news anchors
Jane Pauley on the continuing evolution of journalism
Jane Pauley on her dislike of "the get"

Maury Povich

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Maury Povich on his preference between hosting a talk show and anchoring news
Maury Povich on what makes a good news anchor

Jorge Ramos

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Jorge Ramos on being hired at KMEX channel 34 in Los Angeles and learning how to tell a story
Jorge Ramos on being an objective journalist and covering the Elián González story
Jorge Ramos on his and his crew's safety when traveling in war zones and other dangerous places 
Jorge Ramos on what makes a good interview and his most important interviews
Jorge Ramos on the role of a journalist and taking a stand
Jorge Ramos on good advice he's received about being a journalist 
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on their longevity 

Dan Rather

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Dan Rather on the news profession and what it means to him "to live a purposeful life"
Dan Rather on being a young reporter trying to get his Civil Rights news feed out while in the Deep South
Dan Rather on journalism

Geraldo Rivera

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Geraldo Rivera on his early reports on WABC Eyewitness News
Geraldo Rivera on his advice to aspiring journalists

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on advice to aspiring television critics

Tim Russert

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Tim Russert on his opinion that a vigilant media can change the course of history

Morley Safer

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Morley Safer on wanting to be a journalist when he was young

Maria Elena Salinas

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Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community
Maria Elena Salinas on anchoring coverage of various natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and dealing with her personal feelings about such events 
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
Maria Elena Salinas on preparation she does to interview world leaders and others
Maria Elena Salinas on what makes a good interview
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on their longevity

Bob Schieffer

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Bob Schieffer on how he prepares for a Face the Nation telecast, and on his ground rules for interviews
Bob Schieffer on advice to aspiring journalists

Bob Simon

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Bob Simon on what he has learned about being a news correspondent and how he honed his "bullshit detector"
Bob Simon on advice to aspiring journalists
Bob Simon on the process of developing a story for the news
Bob Simon on having an interviewee walk out on him during an interview
Bob Simon on his captivity in Iraq by Saddam Hussein's regime while reporting on the Gulf War

Howard K. Smith

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Howard K. Smith on meeting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt - his start as a professional journalist
Howard K. Smith on broadcasting for CBS Radio and writing for "The New York Times" during World War II
Howard K. Smith on doing Edward R. Murrow's year-end television shows 

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on differences between writing for print journalism and broadcasting
Sanford Socolow on his role and Don Hewitt's role as producers of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
Sanford Socolow on not becoming Executive Producer of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite  when producer Ernie Lizer stepped down

Lesley Stahl

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Lesley Stahl on advice for beginning journalists
Lesley Stahl on tenacity in journalism
Lesley Stahl on consciously trying to convey authority as a reporter
Lesley Stahl on her interviewing style
Lesley Stahl on the personal toll of covering the White House as a correspondent
Lesley Stahl on how the resistance of the Carter Administration to her becoming CBS White House correspondent ended up working in her favor in terms of developing richer contacts

Robert Trout

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Robert Trout on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists

Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters on her approach to interviewing

Av Westin

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Av Westin on the importance of the producer in television news
Av Westin on advice to aspiring journalists
Av Westin on the career path he'd take if he were starting out in 2011

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on Standards and Practices he applies to television documentaries
Perry Wolff on his greatest achievement and his advice to aspiring television documentary filmmakers 
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