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Jen Babine
News Director

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As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

I knew I wanted to be on television, but I didn't know why.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

I was promoted to Program Director and ran one of the studios. I moved up pretty quickly and was then managing a number of different stations. I moved up the whole ladder in 6 years, which isn't really the norm. But even though I had all these managerial responsibilities, I wanted to produce, report, write more. That's why I took the position I have now, although some people viewed it as taking a couple of steps down.

How did you get your big breaks?

I started working for Media One as a Production Assistant, basically running the camera, running audio, doing very technical stuff--even some editing.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Well, you need to be able to survive on little money and be willing to pay your dues. It's just like being an actor--you either make it or you don't. You have to do it simply for the love of the business.? Don't give up. I know a lot of people who put tapes together and are now in different fields because they weren't ready for all the rejection--it's a competitive field. You've got to be persistent.?

What have you learned from your experience?

You need to be curious, a good storyteller. My friends tell me to stop asking questions, and I gossip a lot. Some reporters are very aggressive, and are then looked at as being obnoxious. I use charm rather than aggression to get what I need.?

What most excites you about your job right now?

Variety. Getting out of the office, fast-paced, deadline oriented. It can be very fun and at the end of the day your done--there's a sense of completion. ?

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)

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