OF ‘THE UNTOLD STORY’ ON A&E NETWORK
How are you liking this next chapter of your career as host of A&E’s “The Untold Story”? I’m really enjoying it. Documentaries – and I actually get to produce them as well as report them – are really sort of the next step past what the magazines on the networks do and it’s really been exciting. And this next strand, this next series of documentaries, I really had the opportunity and real pleasure, to be honest, to work on for the past nine months, getting them all ready to air. So we’re very excited.
Over your career, who have been your mentors or people you looked up to?
I had great mentors when I was just a cub reporter in Phoenix. My news director there taught me a lot. And then at NBC when I worked there, I worked under Jeff Zucker, who taught me a lot, as well as alongside Bryant Gumbel, who taught me a lot about anchoring live television . ... And when I got to ABC, of course, Diane Sawyer has been an incredible mentor.
And there are a lot of women in my business that I look to and take lessons from just by watching them, their smart career choices and how they’ve managed to reinvent themselves. Barbara Walters has been a visionary for her entire life and obviously had to fight a lot of sexism in the business. And people like Katie Couric have learned to take what some people might see as setbacks and turn them into incredible opportunities.