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Anthony Brooks
Reporter

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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?

A journalist

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

I've worked with people at NPR who've moved to TV. Yes, you can make a lot more money, but sometimes the work simply isn't as satisfying and reporters can get frustrated with the loss of control. People who stay at NPR won't be as wealthy but they like the kind of work they're doing and the way they can work. There's more time to work on things. I have seven or eight minutes for a piece, rather than the one minute 40 seconds they give you on television.

How did you get your big breaks?

After college, I volunteered at a local public radio station. I edited local newscasts, called people and recorded interviews, wrote copy, and eventually did some on-air work. I got my hands into a little bit of everything.

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

Be persistent. Be as aggressive as possible and contact as many people as you can. Figure out who's in charge and then impress the hell out of them. It helps to have a tape when starting out, but it's not absolutely necessary.

What have you learned from your experience?

It's endless. Although it's a great feeling when you complete a story, there's always another one waiting for you. The hours can be crazy sometimes too. When I have a deadline my hours get crazy, but then I can balance it out when things get slower.

What most excites you about your job right now?

I have a say in the stories I produce. Sometimes my editor will dictate an idea, but I'm really the eyes and ears of the community and will say, "I think this is what we should do." However, I like having some guidance too. I typically have a week to put something together, although sometimes I need to get things done immediately.?I'm curious about what makes people tick. This job allows me to be an observer and I learn about a lot of different things I wouldn't otherwise have a chance to learn about. Plus, I really like writing.?

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

9

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