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ABC7 Reporter Shares ‘Stalker’ Career Secrets

Here’s yet another confirmation from community newspaper The Acorn that if someone knows from an early age exactly what they want to do when they grow up—and focuses intently on that goal—it can all happen like clockwork.

In 2005, Elex Michaelson (pictured) graduated from Agoura High School and moved on to USC, where he was eventually able to get into Annenberg journalism school. As the ABC7 reporter recently told students at his old high school, he quickly learned first-hand the value of pounding the pavement:

Though a classmate’s father, Josh Kaplan, was the executive producer of KTTV’s Good Day LA, Michaelson was surprised to discover he was not a shoe-in for an internship position on the show. Kaplan didn’t return Michaelson’s calls or emails. But Michaelson persevered in his quest to meet with Kaplan.

“I chose the stalker route,” he said, explaining that he and his mother drove to the Good Day LA production studio in Santa Monica, parked the car in front of the security gate and waited until he could speak to Kaplan.

FishbowlLA can relate. Yours truly, straight out of high school, started jogging past the Ottawa Canadian Press bureau over the summer three times a week and saying hi to then-bureau chief Arch MacKenzie whenever he was available. Around my 25th drop-by, he offered me a full-time job.

[ABC7: Elex Michaelson]

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