In Profile: O’Donnell, Hamby, Tantaros

By Brian Flood 

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CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell speaks with More Magazine about handling three small children, her career crossroads and her commitment to reporting the facts.

My contract [at NBC] was up, and I was in discussions with them about what my next role would be. And we were close to an agreement. I enjoyed what I was doing, but I was doing a lot of different things. I was reporting. I was anchor­ing. I wasn’t covering a beat anymore. And I kind of said, ‘Am I really doing what I should be doing?’ I think that I became a correspondent so early because I had clarity of pur­pose. [Something to] strive for. But now I was saying, Well, I’m not hav­ing clarity of purpose here. So I called up my agent and said, ‘You know, before we go any further, I’ve been really thinking about this, and I want to do 60 Minutes.’

CNN’s Peter Hamby earned the nickname “Black Widow” for breaking news that Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry all dropped out of the running for the presidential nomination in 2012. He also broke the story about Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska. Hamby spoke with Richmond Magazine to discuss everything from his background to being embedded on a campaign trail.

The Rick Perry one was cool because I got it from someone nobody was talking to… If you’re a source reporter, this is the stage when you find out the little secrets the campaigns don’t want you to find out. I made an effort to get to know the interns and the field staff.

Fox News’ “The Five” co-host Andrea Tantaros was the featured speaker at the Alachua County Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan Black Tie and Blue Jeans event Thursday night. The Gainsville Sun reports

President Barack Obama has checked out, she told the crowd. “I question his patriotism,” she said, telling the audience they have a president who is running around the world apologizing for the U.S. “No one’s at the wheel, and they’re lying to us over and over and over,” she said of the White House.

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