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Gasparino: ‘I Thought TV was Marginalizing News’

Charlie Gasparino began his news career as a print journalist. Now a senior correspondent at Fox Business Network, Gasparino tells New York Resident about how he transitioned from one to the other — and what he really thought about television before he made the switch:

While I was [at the Wall Street Journal] they had a deal with CNBC where they would use the talent on air. I never did it; I thought it was bullshit. I thought TV was marginalizing news.

Then I was breaking all of these stories on Eliot Spitzer; I was the first guy to do in-depth pieces on the guy. I gave him his first big case – the Henry Blodget case came from my reporting. The Wall Street Journal was unimpressed with the Spitzer stuff at first and they wouldn’t put my work on page one … But the wires loved the stories, and CNBC wanted me on, so I just started pitching it to them. They would have me on to talk about Spitzer, and I started to do much more of that. I then broke the story on Martha Stewart’s insider trading and that was TV heaven.

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