Press Talk - Lou Brancaccio
She was no more than 8. With big, brown eyes and curly hair, she looks back at me with quizzical eyes and a sheepish grin. I had been making a scene for some time now, and she couldn’t quite figure it out. So I try to explain the importance of the moment to her.
Reporters. One of the worst jobs out there?
When I got into this crazy business, I remember noting that my salary as a reporter was below the poverty line.
WASHINGTON -- OK, lots of folks go to lots of conventions in lots of different fields. And I’m sure those accountant, software and milk carton manufacturer gatherings have their own certain special alluring features.
There’s a fascinating new way of looking at how the landscape has changed under the information age.
Getting a story before it’s a story is a lot like putting a puzzle together.
A few years back, I was minding my own business (honest!) in downtown Vancouver when the blue lights flashed behind my ’86 Prelude.
‘Hello? What day is this? Friday? You’re kidding, right? My Press Talk column is on Saturday. What am I doing here?Would you believe I moved to Friday because it’s a much stronger readership day?"
The year was 2008.
WASHINGTON (Nov. 7) President Obama has earned four more years in the White House as voters backed him in Tuesday’s election.
It’s a tough life, being a reporter. Working strange hours, weekends. Pushed by the bosses. Pushed by the readers. Pushed by the sources.
They shop for oranges and onions. They send their children off to college and hope good fortune and health await them. They are governmental workers.
Good morning, class. I’m Professor Brancaccio and welcome to the Debt 101 class.
“Change is the only constant. Hanging on is the only sin.”
A few days before the snow actually came and the TV weather wizards were already in DEFCON 4 prediction mode, I admit I was chuckling a little.