Journalists & News Producers


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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This category consists of news anchors, correspondents, documentarians, historians, moderators, news producers, sports producers, and television critics.

Highlights
Katie Couric on lessons learned from being an anchor on Today
02:07
Jorge Ramos on the role of a journalist and taking a stand
04:18
Sam Donaldson on his aggressive reporting style
00:55
Barbara Walters on her approach to interviewing
08:24
Anderson Cooper on doing stories for Channel One News from Vietnam
02:32
Betty Cole Dukert on advice to aspiring news producers
01:32
Who talked about this profession

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on her early interview technique
06:37
Rona Barrett on getting her stories and dealing with the legal department
07:32
Rona Barrett on how she got her stories
04:35
Rona Barrett on the "rules" for her interviews
05:08
Rona Barrett on advice to aspiring gossip reporters
01:09

Lowell Bergman

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Lowell Bergman on dealing with deadlines
01:19
Lowell Bergman on working for 20/20 and the differences between reporters and producers
06:28
Lowell Bergman on reporting for ABC News and dealing with media savvy subjects
04:44
Lowell Bergman on producing news stories from dangerous places
02:38
Lowell Bergman on advice to an aspiring journalist
00:25

Linda Bell Blue

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Linda Bell Blue on her management style as a producer
01:27
Linda Bell Blue on the format of  Entertainment Tonight and keeping the audience tuned in
04:01
Linda Bell Blue on how ideas go from pitch to actual story on Entertainment Tonight
01:22
Linda Bell Blue on advice to aspiring news producers
04:34

Ed Bradley

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Ed Bradley on getting his first on-camera interview at WCBS
03:20
Ed Bradley on developing journalistic impartiality during the Civil Rights Movement
00:50
Ed Bradley on the difference between reporting for radio versus television
00:57
Ed Bradley on keeping his personal opinions about war out of the reporting on the Vietnam conflict
00:48
Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes executive producer Don Hewitt's editorial style
01:04
Ed Bradley on his interviewing style
01:11
Ed Bradley on the importance of segment producers
00:56

Vivian Brown

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Vivian Brown on a typical week in her life at The Weather Channel
08:00
Vivian Brown on advice to aspiring meteorologists 
00:55

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on his career path to being a meteorologist
01:55
Jim Cantore on what he wears when he reports on extreme weather and the importance of protecting equipment
03:32
Jim Cantore on the dangers of reporting live from the field
03:48
Jim Cantore on advice to aspiring weather forecasters
04:06

Stan Chambers

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Stan Chambers on the process of covering local news
17:27

Connie Chung

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Connie Chung on her interest in journalism
03:29
Connie Chung on becoming a news writer and an on-air reporter
02:59
Connie Chung on getting hired at CBS News
01:12

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on how news reporting has changed over the years
02:20
Nick Clooney on his style of news reporting
01:18
Nick Clooney on action reporting in the news and the then-current style of news
02:03

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on maintaining neutrality as a journalist 
06:46
Anderson Cooper on dealing with breaking news as an anchor live 
07:05
Anderson Cooper on advice to aspiring television journalists 
01:11

Katie Couric

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Katie Couric on lessons learned from being an anchor on Today
02:07

Walter Cronkite

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Walter Cronkite on some early lessons about journalism from his days writing for radio
01:17
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
05:04
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
05:08
Walter Cronkite on learning a valuable lesson- never broadcast anything you haven't fully researched
06:26
Walter Cronkite on doing the news broadcast in 1950 with no script
07:44
Walter Cronkite on the subtle differences in TV journalism between editorials, commentary, and analysis
02:05
Walter Cronkite on covering the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I in London in 1953, and the technical challenges that presented
05:38
Walter Cronkite on the pressures on the press by the White House over the Watergate story
04:06
Walter Cronkite on how important Producers are to the News genre, but often overlooked
01:02

Sam Donaldson

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Sam Donaldson on his initial reluctance to join ABC news in 1967
01:16
Sam Donaldson on his aggressive reporting style
00:55
Sam Donaldson on the competitive nature of ABC News in the 1970s as they tried to scoop CBS or NBC
01:03
Sam Donaldson on the visual aspect of TV news coverage
00:35
Sam Donaldson on the magazine news show format (Primetime Live)
01:14
Sam Donaldson on becoming a commentator on roundtable programs
03:09
Sam Donaldson on criticism of his aggressive journalistic style
02:49

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on setting ground rules for the reporters on Meet the Press
06:51
Betty Cole Dukert on advice to aspiring news producers
00:47

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
01:09
Jeff Fager on his first job at CBS News, on the overnight news show, Nightwatch
03:42
Jeff Fager on how Don Hewitt's philosophy of news influenced him as producer of 60 Minutes
02:36
Jeff Fager on producing hard news versus entertainment stories: he prefers "entertaining stories" on CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes
01:24
Jeff Fager on the production of 60 Minutes: pitching stories and how he approves or rejects story ideas
04:22
Jeff Fager on what journalists can learn from Mike Wallace and Ed Bradley about conducting interviews
02:13
Jeff Fager on stories he worked on as producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in London
09:18
Jeff Fager on the process of developing stories for 60 Minutes
03:27
Jeff Fager on the process of editing and occasionally reshooting stories on 60 Minutes
03:54
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
03:41
Jeff Fager on being executive producer of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather at a time when news was becoming more sensational
03:18
Jeff Fager on the responsibility he felt in producing news stories in the wake of 9/11
02:17
Jeff Fager on bringing on younger correspondents when he became executive producer of 60 Minutes and the importance of diversity
01:27
Jeff Fager on balancing his roles as Chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes and his proudest achievements as Chairman
04:19
Jeff Fager on concerns over libel claims as a news producer: "these aren't legal issues, they're fairness issues"
00:52
Jeff Fager on the most difficult and the most exciting part about being executive producer of 60 Minutes
01:27
Jeff Fager on the best advice he received on producing a story, from Don Hewitt
01:42
Jeff Fager on advice for young journalists
01:35
Jeff Fager on the lifestyle of being a journalist
01:28

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
03:06

Gwen Ifill

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Gwen Ifill on knowing she wanted to be a journalist at age nine
01:21
Gwen Ifill on Tim Russert talking her into going on television full time
02:58
Gwen Ifill on starting on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer aka PBS NewsHour and starting to anchor
01:33

Lucy Jarvis

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Lucy Jarvis on what makes a good news/documentary program
02:12
Lucy Jarvis on advice to aspiring documentarians
00:37

Ted Koppel

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Ted Koppel on wanting to be Edward R. Murrow when he grew up
01:00
Ted Koppel on becoming an anchor at ABC Evening News
02:45
Ted Koppel on advice to aspiring journalists
00:58

Steve Kroft

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Steve Kroft on the biggest story of his career and his advice to aspiring journalists
03:01

Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer on interviewing
05:32
Jim Lehrer on what makes a good interview
05:25
Jim Lehrer on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists
04:27

Kurt Loder

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Kurt Loder on his favorite stories and his interview techniques for MTV News
05:12
Kurt Loder on advice to aspiring music journalists
01:11

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on editing news stories 
03:37
Robert MacNeil on the logistics of The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour and hiring staff for the show
02:03
Robert MacNeil on doing the assignments for The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour  and writing his scripts
02:21
Robert MacNeil on how he goes about researching a story he's covering and his interview technique
06:17
Robert MacNeil on the difference between serious journalism and not serious journalism
02:20
Robert MacNeil on the journalist's code of ethics
02:32

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
01:34
Sig Mickelson on journalists having a professional code of ethics
01:21

Bill Monroe

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Bill Monroe on covering politics at WDSU in New Orleans, and on setting up camera in the legislature
06:01
Bill Monroe on the introduction of editorials on local news shows, like WDSU, and on their editorials on school desegregation
08:43
Bill Monroe on difficult interviews he's conducted on Meet the Press, and his interviewing technique
03:57

Roger Mudd

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Roger Mudd on the process of reporting at CBS in the 1960s
02:35
Roger Mudd on filling in for Walter Cronkite as anchor of CBS Evening News
03:08
Roger Mudd on his view of ethics in journalism
03:17
Roger Mudd on what TV news owes to the public
03:35
Roger Mudd on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists
01:25

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on advice to aspiring television academics
01:30

Nicolas Noxon

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Nicolas Noxon on the logistics of shooting National Geographic Specials on location
02:59
Nicolas Noxon on the process of producing a documentary
04:57
Nicolas Noxon on how he knows when a documentary is complete
02:27
Nicolas Noxon on advice to aspiring documentarians
01:11
Nicolas Noxon on objectivity and ethics in documentaries
03:20

Jane Pauley

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Jane Pauley on being comfortable in front of the camera
02:49
Jane Pauley on advice for people getting into broadcasting
02:57
Jane Pauley on the current and future role of the news anchors
01:35
Jane Pauley on the continuing evolution of journalism
01:53
Jane Pauley on her dislike of "the get"
02:30

Maury Povich

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Maury Povich on his preference between hosting a talk show and anchoring news
02:34
Maury Povich on what makes a good news anchor
01:29

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
04:05
Jorge Ramos on being an objective journalist and covering the Elián González story
02:57
Jorge Ramos on his and his crew's safety when traveling in war zones and other dangerous places 
04:12
Jorge Ramos on what makes a good interview and his most important interviews
02:29
Jorge Ramos on the role of a journalist and taking a stand
04:18
Jorge Ramos on good advice he's received about being a journalist 
01:34
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
02:00
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on their longevity 
02:04

Dan Rather

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Dan Rather on the news profession and what it means to him "to live a purposeful life"
06:19
Dan Rather on being a young reporter trying to get his Civil Rights news feed out while in the Deep South
02:41
Dan Rather on journalism
02:32

Geraldo Rivera

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Geraldo Rivera on his early reports on WABC Eyewitness News
02:37
Geraldo Rivera on his advice to aspiring journalists
01:32

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on advice to aspiring television critics
02:04

Tim Russert

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Tim Russert on his opinion that a vigilant media can change the course of history
00:58

Morley Safer

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Morley Safer on wanting to be a journalist when he was young
03:06

Maria Elena Salinas

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Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community
02:15
Maria Elena Salinas on anchoring coverage of various natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and dealing with her personal feelings about such events 
10:13
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on preparation she does to interview world leaders and others
09:29
Maria Elena Salinas on what makes a good interview
00:38
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
02:00
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on their longevity
02:04

Bob Schieffer

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Bob Schieffer on covering 9/11
04:44

Howard K. Smith

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Howard K. Smith on meeting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt - his start as a professional journalist
00:55
Howard K. Smith on broadcasting for CBS Radio and writing for "The New York Times" during World War II
01:45
Howard K. Smith on doing Edward R. Murrow's year-end television shows 
01:03

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on differences between writing for print journalism and broadcasting
01:09
Sanford Socolow on his role and Don Hewitt's role as producers of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
02:59
Sanford Socolow on not becoming Executive Producer of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite  when producer Ernie Lizer stepped down
02:19

Lesley Stahl

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Lesley Stahl on advice for beginning journalists
00:54
Lesley Stahl on tenacity in journalism
00:43
Lesley Stahl on consciously trying to convey authority as a reporter
01:07
Lesley Stahl on her interviewing style
00:53
Lesley Stahl on the personal toll of covering the White House as a correspondent
01:09
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
01:27

Robert Trout

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Robert Trout on advice to aspiring broadcast journalists
04:04

Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters on her approach to interviewing
08:24

Av Westin

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Av Westin on the importance of the producer in television news
03:09
Av Westin on advice to aspiring journalists
01:08
Av Westin on the career path he'd take if he were starting out in 2011
00:54

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on Standards and Practices he applies to television documentaries
04:05
Perry Wolff on his greatest achievement and his advice to aspiring television documentary filmmakers 
02:24