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Each Friday in “Meet AM,” we’ll introduce you to the people who get American Morning to air.
Today, we’d like you to meet Emily D’Alberto. Emily is our anchor producer – she helps John and Kiran get ready for their day’s interviews, makes sure the graphics and video they want for these segments are ready, and otherwise makes sure the interviews go well. She’s been with AM for 4 years total.
How did you end up doing what you doing?
I majored in foreign policy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. But after an internship with PBS my senior year, I decided journalism was my future. I started out as production assistant, and worked my way up through the business. Although I left television to work in politics for the Giuliani presidential campaign, I couldn’t stay away from the news business for long. I re-joined the American Morning staff last year as the show’s anchor producer.
Describe your average day:
My alarm goes off at 2:20am – and I immediately check my blackberry to catch up on the emails I missed while I was sleeping. I get into the office by 3am – and it’s non-stop till the show ends at 9am ET. I read the papers, go through the interview segments and help the anchors prepare for their interviews. I race into the control room at 6am. During the show I’m talking with the anchors, working with the writers and making sure the interviews go off without a problem.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
The schedule…as much as I love my job and the people I work with, I never get enough sleep!
What do you like most about working at AM?
I love the fast-paced environment, interesting stories, but most importantly – the people. There is no way I could come in at 3am if I didn’t love the team I worked with everyday.
What do you do outside of work? What do you do for fun?
I love to travel, good food and yes, the gym. It’s the gym that gets me through the constant tiredness!
From CNN's Aparnaa Seshadri