For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.
No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.
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.
My current goal is to place a moratorium on goals.
The bad news is that 50 people died in a hotel fire; the good news is that we got exclusive footage.
In real life, events seem much less dramatic.
In the beginning, my mother humored me when I told her I wanted to be a reporter.
News events cannot be controlled, nor can newscasts be mapped out like entertainment shows.
Being a novelty had its advantages.
The idea of stardom was difficult to grasp. It was like being schizophrenic; there was her, the woman on television, and the real me.
I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise.
The latest wrinkle is on wrinkles. There is a widespread belief that women can't grow old in television news.
I have had a lifelong phobia of snakes.
How valuable NBC Magazine was in my career is questionable.
By far my most perilous assignment was covering a tank car explosion.
My most lucrative job in college was a stint as the regional Dodge Girl.
When I was a little girl in the 1950s, it would not have been possible for me to say, I want to be an anchorwoman when I grow up.
News reporting is a cycle: No matter how much you work at sending a message, it's only successful if it's received.
Newscasters cannot call attention to themselves by being too attractive or too unattractive.
I hadn't realized until I covered the police beat just how seedy crime is.
Every time I am in danger of believing the glamour of my own press, some incident inevitably brings me back to earth.
What is the value of sticking a microphone in a man's face right after he has learned of his wife's death?
Men still control the news, both on and off camera.
Mistakes are not always the result of someone's ineptitude.
I don't exactly know what it means to be ready. A cake when the oven timer goes off? Am I fully baked, or only half-baked?
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