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My First Big Break

Erin Burnett Would Kiss Dan Rather Every Night… on the TV

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

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Jim Cramer: My First Big Break

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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.

Following a 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.

What Katie Couric Tells Journalists Who Want to Break in to TV News

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news has included stops at WRC in Washington and WTVJ in Miami. Her current transition from syndicated daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of the “Today” show. In the newest episode of My First Big Break, Couric tells us that while timing and luck have been on her side, she has one man to thank for her big break:

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Larry King: My First Big Break

Allow us to wish Larry King a happy 80th Birthday!

In celebration, the mediabistroTV crew recently took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv told us a story that involved names like Ted Turner, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin. Plus, he may have given us the key to his longevity as a talk show host when he told us, “Listening is as important as asking.”

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Rosanna Scotto: My First Big Break

If you don’t live in the New York TV market, you may know her from the cable clip show “The Soup” as the woman who puts up with co-anchor Greg Kelly‘s antics.

Rosanna Scotto, morning anchor for New York’s FOX owned station WNYW, sat down with the mediabistroTV crew to talk about how the antics of world-famous director Woody Allen are what lead to her first big break.

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Jerry Springer: My First Big Break

Say the name Jerry Springer and the first thing that comes to mind might be a daytime talk show where people throw chairs at one other to make a point. So it may not be much of a surprise when you find out Jerry got his start in politics.

The former lawyer, former campaign adviser for Robert F. Kennedy, former mayor of Cincinnati and former anchor for the city’s NBC affiliate WLWT tells mediabistroTV his career wasn’t launched by one big break as much as it was the result of being ready for anything.

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Antoine Fuqua: My First Big Break

So what happens when you take a kid from Pittsburgh, PA, put him in the wrong place at the wrong time, sprinkle in some college basketball, a little Caravaggio, some Akira Kurosawa and a few rap music videos?

Antoine Fuqua, director of the new action film “Olympus Has Fallen” recently sat down with mediabistroTV and told the crew how the odd mix of bad luck, athletics, an acclaimed Japanese director, and the influence of a 16th century bad boy Italian painter led him to a career as one of Hollywood’s premiere action film directors.

Fuqua’s latest movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” opens in theaters March 22.

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Al Roker: My First Big Break

Before he was everyone’s favorite forecaster on NBC’s “Today” Show, Al Roker paid his dues on the local TV circuit. Now he has his own show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, owns his own production company “Al Roker Entertainment,” has co-authored three mystery novels, written a couple of cookbooks, and a has penned a couple of New York Times Bestsellers.

So how did Roker go from being a flannel shirt and overall wearing student at SUNY Oswego to media kingpin? Al said his first big break came from being in the right place at the right time when someone said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

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R.L. Stine: ERMAHGERD! My First Big Break

He makes his living scaring children and has been called the Stephen King of children’s books.

“Goosebumps” author, R.L. Stine sat down with mediabistroTV to talk about how finding a typewriter at the age of nine started him on his journey to becoming one of the most successful children’s book authors in history.

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Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break

She is one of the most recognizable foreign correspondents on network television today.  But did you know Christiane Amanpour’s journey to the front lines of reporting included a stint as a graphics coordinator at a local NBC station?

In this episode of My First Big Break, Christiane Amanpour talks about how escaping the Iranian revolution with her family started a journey that took her from WJAR in Providence, RI, all the way to the front lines of the first Gulf War as a reporter for CNN.

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