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HLN’s Kyra Phillips on Striking a Balance Between Career and Family

Work in this business long enough and eventually you may have to choose between having a family or having a career.

HLN anchor Kyra Phillips recently sat down with TVNewser managing editor Chris Ariens to talk about how she views the choices she made along her career path and shares one of the frustrations of being a role model for those who want to follow in her footsteps.

Also, be sure to check out our first interview with Phillips.

>Media Beat Part One: Kyra Phillips Talks About the Challenge of Holding on to Viewers After the Jodi Arias Trial is Over

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HLN’s Kyra Phillips on Keeping Viewers Hooked After the Jodi Arias Trial Ends

HLN has seen its viewership increase during the Jodi Arias murder trial, but what happens after the verdict is reached?

In this episode of Media Beat, “Raising America” anchor Kyra Phillips tells TVNewser’s managing editor Chris Ariens about the opportunity and the challenge presented by the network’s coverage of the Arias trial. “I want to say to them, ‘OK, I get it. I understand you’re interested in this. OK, we can give you some of that. We can continue to give you that. But also give me a chance to show you another way that we do TV, another way that we do news.”

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How Melissa Francis Begged For a Bit Part on ’30 Rock’

A former child star, Melissa Francis says the acting bug bit a few years ago, when she found a way to get a bit part on her favorite show. But a funny thing happened on the way to 30 Rock.

Melissa Francis: ‘I Watched People Fly Without a Safety Net, and I Said That’s What I Want to Do

Like most people who work in TV news, Melissa Francis took a round about way to her current job as anchor on Fox Business Network. It started with acting, continued at Harvard, and included many stops along the way. “You know you’re paying your dues for a long time to get where you want to go, but now that I’m there I think it was definitely worth it.”

  • Part III: Wednesday, Francis tells all in Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Remember the Time Michael Landon Put a Tarantula on his Head?

Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis can talk about more than just money: like, her years as captain of the Harvard polo team, her summer as a TV news intern, and growing up as a child actor.

“I’m one of the people that loved it,” says Francis. “There are a lot of kids that come out of the business and say that they hated it. I don’t know where they were working or what they they were doing.”

  • Part III: Wednesday, Francis tells all in Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

The Cable News Obsession

Columnist and New York magazine editor-at-large  Frank Rich has strong feelings about a lot of things. TV news is one of them. In this week’s Media Beat interview, Rich tells PRNewser editor Tonya Garcia, “I think the worst influence can be cable news, particularly cable news getting obsessed, not with political stories, but with natural disaster, missing children, and driving all coverage of the national story off the air.”

After the jump, part I of the interview in which Rich talks about his role as executive producer of the HBO comedy “Veep.” “I think comedy, satire, and farce, which is also a little bit of Veep, heightens everything,” Rich says.

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Robin Meade Cleans Up Dirty Laundry

HLN’s Robin Meade isn’t always tied to the anchor desk. In fact, Meade was back in Nashville this week working on a new album, a follow-up to “Brand New Day.” And then there was the time she jumped out of an airplane with a former president. How that all came about, in Part III of our Media Interview.

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Robin Meade: ‘I Won’t Even Make a Face Twitch That Someone Might Interpret as Having an Opinion’

Robin Meade works for a channel that bills itself as the “News & Views” network. And while the HLN anchor keeps her opinions to herself, you just might hear her give her take on some of the odd stories in the news. Like the time a woman went through airport security with an “adult toy.” In Part II of our Media Beat interview, we talk about that as well as the news/opinion divide and her first day on the air at CNN Headline News: 9/11/01.

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  • Part III | Tomorrow: Robin Meade Cleans Up the “Dirty Laundry”

Robin Meade Triple Threat: Anchor, Singer, Songwriter

HLN anchor Robin Meade has been a performer all her life. From school concerts to beauty pageants, Meade has turned a passion for performing into an award-winning news career. The former Miss Ohio, who’s hosted HLN’s morning show since 2001, has returned to the stage performing songs from her album “Brand New Day.” In the first part of our Media Beat interview, Meade tells us how songwriting and news writing are not all that different.

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  • Part II | Tomorrow: How “News and Views” Doesn’t Always Mean Opinion
  • Part III | Wednesday: Robin Meade Cleans Up the “Dirty Laundry”

How Being a College Athlete Prepared Sandra Smith for the Real World

While her LSU Tigers may have lost the BCS National Championship the other night, FBN reporter Sandra Smith says her time as a Tiger — on the Track & Field team — was invaluable. “It challenges you, it makes you smarter, it makes you more aggressive,” says Smith in Part III of our Media Beat interview. Smith also tells us why she’s shunning social media, for now: no Twitter, no Facebook. “I would only want to do that if I could give it my all.”

Part I: Monday, From the Windy City to Wall Street, FBN’s Sandra Smith Follows the Money
Part II: Tuesday, Sandra Smith Goes from Trader to Reporter

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