In Profile: Holt, Bartiromo, Meade, Partsinevelos, Carlson

By A.J. Katz 

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt spoke with Vulture for an extended Q&A: “I hope I don’t bring a lot of ego to this job. I am naturally curious. I like intelligent, informed debate and conversation. I love the fact that I can do a newscast that hopefully gets people talking. I suppose not coming from a Washington background perhaps broadens my palate of experience that I can bring to the table.”

FBN Mornings with Maria anchor Maria Bartiromo sits down with Forbes for a Q&A. She was asked if she believed, as Trump does, “that there really is a ‘fake news’ media composed of journalists who knowingly produce stories with the intention of misleading readers and viewers and damaging Trump’s presidency.”

“I think that when you look at the media coverage today of President Trump and his policies, I think it’s largely negative,” she told me. “It’s largely against the president. I don’t think you can say that that is all true. Can you?”

But wait. Can’t a story be both damaging to the president and accurate at the same time? I asked Bartiromo about reporters who produce negative stories about the president or his policies. Is that fake news? “Well, it is,” she said. “If it’s all negative, can that possibly be true?”

HLN Morning Express anchor Robin Meade told a personal story about her history of panic attacks, in the November issue of Women’s Health magazine. She had her first at 26—on live TV: “I spent weeks off-air, sequestered in darkrooms, with no idea if my eye would work again. In the past, this would’ve been devastating. Just the fear of “what could be” had been crippling. But instead of letting my mind run rampant, I used techniques to keep myself centered…”

FBN correspondent Kristina Partsinevelos talks to Girlboss about her career journey, starting out as an IBM sales specialist before taking on various TV gigs in her native Canada, and up to her present gig at Fox Business Network; and the value of rejection: “Hustling might not be for everyone. There’s been a few [hard] lessons along the way. Firstly, don’t be scared to fail. Fear of rejection is a poor reason for missing out on life’s big opportunities…”

The LA Times’ Steve Battaglio profiled Tucker Carlson back on Oct. 2, who told the writer that he believes it was arrogance that kept him from ascending sooner as a TV host: “I had a bad attitude about TV people. I thought that they were shallow, and I thought it was really easy. I thought, ‘These people don’t read books, and they don’t understand language, and they’re not interested in history, and I’m really smart and they’re not.’ And then after failing a number of times I realized actually that I’m not that good at it, and I’m not trying that hard.”