Carole Radziwill is not the type of person you’d expect to find on reality TV. She started her career at ABC News in 1989 working for Peter Jennings‘ documentary unit, where she reported from Cambodia, Haiti, India and Israel. Radziwill has won three Emmy awards and produced segments for 20/20, Primetime Live and Day One.
After leaving TV news, Radziwill penned What Remains, a memoir that delves into the deaths of her husband and friends John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy. And now she’s debuting her first novel (on dating) and is one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New York City, which premieres next month on Bravo. Radziwill talked to Mediabistro about why a journo would end up on reality TV:
I think journalists are all attracted to spectacle, whether it’s war, politics or cultural phenomenon. I’m also an experience junkie and this was an experience. It’s something I’ll do for a few years, and when I’m 80, I’ll look back and say, ‘Oh, that’s why I did it.’ If it’s the worst thing I ever did in my life, I’m OK with that. But I don’t think it will be.
To hear more from Radziwill, including the challenges she’s faced this season on RHONY, read: So What Do You Do, Carole Radziwill, Journalist, Author and Reality TV Star?