Describe a typical workday.
I get here at 5am and prep for the first newscast, which is at 6:04. I do eight newscasts a day between 6:04 and 10:04 before handing off to Stephanie Martin Taylor, our midday anchor. Then I'll jump in if an extra set of hands is needed to cover the news of the day. There's a lot going on in the newsroom right now and I'm trying to have a hand in a variety of things.
How are you deciding what goes in the newscasts?
I go through the local papers, various newswires, Twitter, Facebook, and even Variety magazine, to get a sense of both the news and what people are talking about.
What's something you like about your job?
The people. They're very bright and easy to work with. We have a clear sense of our mission, and we laugh every single day.
Being as ambitious as we want to be given our resources. It's a good challenge to have, though. Some news organizations are treading water or waiting for the next round of layoffs. Some are pitted in competition with each other for crumbs, for one-hundredth of a ratings point. Because we don't have the commercial imperatives of other organizations, it frees us up to think about the notes we're not hitting.
We're on the cusp of leaping in to a lot of new projects. For that reason, it's good when people are in touch with us. Telling us what we should and shouldn't cover. If you want to be heard, now is the time. If you're someone we can talk to for a specific story or with a certain expertise or life experience, we want to hear from you. We are very serious about growing the way we cover the Bay Area.