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June 26th, 2009
10:48 AM ET

Meet AM: Joe Belfiglio – Writer/Producer

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Joe Belfiglio works with reporters as they write and put together their segments."]

Editor’s Note: Each Friday in “Meet AM,” we introduce you to the people who get American Morning to air.

Today we’d like you to meet Joe Belfiglio. Joe is a writer/producer at American Morning. This means he has a wide assortment of duties – he could be working on any story that airs on AM at any time, writing, or helping reporters with their stories. He’s been working with AM for seven years.

How did you end up doing what you do?
I always had a passion for television. I hosted my own TV show in college which helped me land an internship at "American Morning." I steadily worked my way up the news ladder, and here I am!

Describe your average day:
I arrive around 1am and immediately immerse myself into the day’s top stories. Some days I am pre-assigned to work with a specific show-based correspondent. I often work with reporters on producing, writing, updating, and gathering supporting elements for the story they cover. When I am not assigned a reporter to work with, you can find me cross-checking the show’s rundown to see if we are missing anything or can add more to a particular story. I also pitch in writing and producing special features for the broadcast.

What's the hardest part of your job?
Working under deadline and adjusting to last minute changes.

What do you like most about working at AM?
The staff, everyone I work with is great in their own little way. I also enjoy the challenge of delivering the news and especially the thrill of contributing to breaking news. It’s something new everyday at AM, so things rarely get boring.

What do you do outside of work? What do you do for fun?
I attend as many Yankee games as I possibly can. Go to the gym. Make, analyze, and listen to music. Get together with good friends and BBQ.

What else do you think people should know about you?
I’m an outstanding Scrabble and Texas Hold ‘em player. I’m also extremely humble 😉

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  1. Grant Jacobson

    Hi Joe,

    As a writer i hope that you do not become one of the ones wagging the dog by his tail.

    The old adage that " everyone says what everyone says because CNN says it" has me worried.

    For Instance:

    A. Why don't we shine a light on our female politians that upon arriving at Moslim nations promtly don head scarves... there by condoning the atrosities done to women in those countries.
    The moslims themselves laugh about it and find the action insulting becausee those female politians are not Moslim and do not adhere to their beliefs. I have traveled in those countries and have seen this reaction first hand. [I understand if they attend a holy place of course they cover their heads]

    B. Michael Jackson was a creation of marketing genius. His music while interesting was hardly particularly inovative. He was a drug addicted troubled man with a disturbing history with children. If we truly believe in honoring talent then we would be holding homage at tthe feet of some much more talented but neglected artists. His actions, poor decisions and lifestyle are not something to honor with out comment.

    I believe writers are defending the thinking of our society. Human beings are apt to be lost in social, religious and emotional culdesacs where it is impossible to navigate to any type of perspective thought.

    I would rather someone drag me kicking and screaming to clear understanding than to have my concrete mindset honored with meaningless but well meant platitudes.

    Grant Jacobson

    June 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm |