Anyone who writes an autobiographical work at the age of 34 is, at best, presumptuous. It occurred to me that it was time to set the record straight.
Newscasters cannot call attention to themselves by being too attractive or too unattractive.
Women didn't want to watch other women on television because they were jealous of their husbands' diverted attention.
Women were seldom given quality assignments or adequate air time.
Never refuse an assignment except when there is a conflict of interest, a potential of danger to you or your family, or you hold a strongly biased attitude about the subject under focus.
By far my most perilous assignment was covering a tank car explosion.
When I first anchored in 1970, I had never seen a woman anchor a news show.
The news anchor is exactly that - an anchor, a center, a focus.
Being a novelty had its advantages.
In interviews I gave early on in my career, I was quoted as saying it was possible to have it all: a dynamic job, marriage, and children. In some respects, I was a social adolescent.
I very much wanted to be accepted by my peers, to be considered a serious journalist.