#IamA PBS NewsHour Correspondent - (The flagship national television news broadcast for PBS and public media in the U.S.)
Hari will be answering questions from the Reddit community live at 2p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 9. Please feel free to ask in advance of the live session.
My working world is spent sorting presentation, representation and misrepresentation, and helping tell people the value, meaning and importance of each. For most of my career, my work has been thrust at people through cathode ray tubes, but with the definition of television slowly tilting more toward appliance and less toward communication medium, I spend as much time (if not more) crafting my work for its infinite existence online as its ephemeral existence through the smattering of lights on glass at a specific time in a specific place.
I worked my way up through small and medium markets as was once the normal ladder in television news. I started at the ABC affiliate in Yakima, Washington, covering forest fires in the Yakima Nation and crime and punishment and slaughterhouses near the apple capital of America. I packed up everything I owned and drove to Raleigh, North Carolina, to work for a new NBC startup, where I started a tech beat covering the Research Triangle in between news of chicken farmers in Goldsboro or shootings in Fuquay-Varina. That helped me land a gig as a tech reporter at CNET, where I had a front-row seat to chronicle the dot-com bubble as it inflated and popped. The programs aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) and USA Network, and briefly also on CNBC. As they say, I was HUGE in Singapore. After running my own production company for a couple of years in California, I was lucky to work as a correspondent for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings (someone I watched and admired ever since immigrating to this country). After anchoring their digital channel (ABC News NOW), reporting for a few of their shows (Nightline, Good Morning America, World News Tonight) I jumped networks and moved to Dallas, Texas, to work for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric for a couple of years. Looking back on it, I chased all sorts of weather stories for CBS -- from tornadoes and hurricanes to floods and droughts, with some wicked-long 20-hour days in the process that included thousands of miles in rental cars.
I’ve chosen to step away from those particular roles at the commercial networks because I saw (and still see) a great potential for public media in the United States. As the range of options increase in the type of content a consumer can ingest, the filter becomes all the more important. I think the PBS NewsHour is one of the last places to get substantive information from experts who know what they’re talking about and can disagree agreeably, versus… well… the alternative. We aim to be thoughtful and thought provoking. I think there are enough viewers out there who value quality, and hopefully the audience will support us and push us toward exercising our potential.
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