Richard Quest Recalls Dad’s Spot-On Career Advice

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By Richard Horgan Comment

CNN’s coverage of the Malaysian airliner disappearance has once again thrust Richard Quest to the fore. Quest divides his time between New York and London, but for a recent interview with youthful Malaysian writer Kenneth Chaw, the location was Kuala Lumpur, where the CNN vet logged the latest episode of monthly series Business Traveller.

Chaw notes that Quest, ever the consummate broadcast journalist, had a key piece of advice for his interviewer right off the bat. Quest also shared this great memory:

Quest’s illustrious career in journalism got its start in law. “I had to have a career if it all went horribly wrong. My late father told me to get a decent job. He always said, ‘If you’re a journalist, you would have the best dinner party stories and the smallest car parked outside.’ And he was right,” said Quest, who read law in the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar.

Quest names as his top two wish-list interview subjects Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Although it’s the reporter’s love of aviation more than any burrowing focus on the Church of Scientology that is behind these aspirations, a Quest-Travolta interview would be interesting even if it skipped over that topic. Here’s hoping it happens some day.