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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

From Living Out of His Car To Becoming a Best-Selling Author

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You may know him for his stock-picking strategies, staying ahead of the bulls, and out of the way of the bears. But Jim Cramer‘s big break happened far from Wall Street, in Tallahassee, Florida, at a sorority house, which became the scene of a grisly crime at the hands of a notorious serial killer.

Following his humble start as a newspaper reporter, along the way Cramer became a magazine writer, a lawyer, a hedge-fund manager, an online publisher and a best-selling author. And he did it all while honoring his parents’ wishes. Here’s Jim Cramer’s First Big Break.

Publishing Jobs: Diversion Books, Dover Publications, A Book Apart

This week, Diversion Books is hiring a publicist, while Dover Publications needs an acquisitions editor. A Book Apart is seeking a managing director, and Cambridge University Press is on the hunt for a production editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Brian Williams: My First Big Break

MediabistroTV debuts “My First Big Break” today, a new series where we talk to media heavyweights about that break that got them to where they are today. Our first episode features Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” You know what he’s doing now, and you may know a bit about his past. But did you know he maxed out his credit cards and finally went bankrupt? Williams then took a job in technical operations until that First Big Break came along. He tells us who gave it to him, and how it changed the course of his career.

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‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’

At 14 years old, William Kamkwamba wanted to do something to help his family, his parents and six sisters, survive the famine that was spreading across Malawi. The drought had already meant his father, a farmer, didn’t have enough money to send William to school. So William improvised. He went to a local library, and with limited English skills began reading books about science. He then began making several trips to the local junkyard and before too long he’d had the requisite parts to build a windmill. He knew if he could proved electricity to his home his mother’s life would be easier, and if the windmill could pump water from the earth, his father wouldn’t have to depend on the rain from the skies.

William tells this story in “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” along with former Associated Press journalist Bryan Mealer. William and Bryan kicked off a three week book tour last night at a party at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Tower. The party, sponsored by The Harnisch Foundation was attended by several TED fellows, including TED curator Chris Anderson. William told his story at TEDGlobal in 2007.

Last night, we talked with the authors and began by asking Bryan how he first learned of William’s story: