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Posts Tagged ‘The Insider’

Producer Nina Parker Reflects on Her Time at TMZ

If you happened to flip past TMZ sometime last fall, you probably noticed a familiar face was missing.

Nina Parker, who started off at the entertainment website as a runner in 2007 before she was promoted to producer, left last September for a position with The Insider as an on-air correspondent.

“Before I got there [TMZ], I had never worked that hard in my life,” Parker told Mediabistro. “I was literally at times sleeping in my car and then just going to work.”

For Parker, TMZ was the opportunity she needed to break into the business. After studying broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University, the Sacramento native was working a regular 9-5 job back home.

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Lara Spencer, The Insider Anchor and Former WABC-TV Correspondent, Returns to GMA

Viewers know Lara Spencer from her seven years on The Insider. During her time with the syndicated entertainment show, Spencer went from co-host to solo anchor.

In the 1990s, though, Spencer was a general assignment reporter at WABC-TV/Channel 7. While there, she covered a mix of features and hard news that included the death of Princess Diana and the crash of TWA Flight 800.

By 1999, Spencer got national exposure when she joined Good Morning America as a national correspondent.

Now, Spencer is returning to GMA and New York as lifestyle anchor. In an e-mail sent to staffers, ABC News president Ben Sherwood writes, ”In this new role, Lara will bring her well-known and much admired versatility and vitality to a broad range of GMA stories.”

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