My passion for news is my fuel — and because I love what I do, I put every ounce of energy into it. I believe a strong work ethic builds respect and trust, which in turn yield better results once it’s show time. That’s why any praise or recommendations I get, I earn.
Still, I am careful to not let my confidence turn into arrogance. I believe in lifelong learning. No matter how much I know, how much experience I’ve had or how well my colleagues or supervisors rank my performance and skills, I always ask about what I could have done better so that my work is fresh and constantly improving.
In a broadcast newsroom, there’s no room or time for slackers. Leadership is more than just delegating and expecting everyone else to pitch in — it’s also about being an active player in the process, doing my part in the team effort. No newscast is a single person’s work; it’s the sum of everyone’s contribution. Once the show begins, there is no maxim more true than “we’re all in this together.”
I am very privileged to have worked with many talented people. I trust and respect them for their many contributions. As a producer, I make sure my production crew members know that I appreciate their dedication — and when things get exceptionally challenging, we all pull it together to put on a broadcast that looks seamless on-air despite the chaos in the control room. Still, in the rare case when I have to take someone to task, I am firm and clear while trying to suggest solutions to avoid a “next time.”
Unfortunately, I’m not perfect. I have my own weak spots that I’m trying to work on as I build experience — but I think that’s one of those conversations I’ll save for the interview.