For the ten years you worked at FOX, you had an unpredictable ride.
You received a letter from Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, covered the Chandra Levy murder investigation and broke news on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. You've since switched over from political madhouse ticker updates to the slow paced world of murder trials over at HLN. Did you have to rework your whole mentality in the new coverage genre? It's like the news leaks, slowly but surely, and the bulk of coverage is wondering what could happen, right?
The Chicago musical turned movie was based on real events in Cook County back then: the public's real desire for crime stories that ultimately made murderesses into temporary media starlets.
Why do you think people still crave this almost 100 years later?
What about you is fun?
You have to have some fun besides working. The worst Manhattan workaholic has fun at some point, so please don't say, "But I work too much to have fun!" You have to like some kind of indoor or outdoor activity, or you wouldn't smile as much as you do.
Advising women who want to be better journalists or go into journalism is pretty vague.
The media world's love affair with technological advances changed culture forever in the last decade. So I shall pose it like this. What is problematic today? What do you hate most about the mass media's new makeover and feel needs to change with women in journalism?
Years ago, you wrote a bestselling book on Anna Nicole Smith.
Because you are on the reporting side, do you lead your life carefully with the understanding of how someone could one day write a book about you posthumously? I'm not alleging you've ever done what the Playboy centerfold was rumored to have lived. It's really a weird thought I had: what if people one day reported on you as you do them? What if, at your death, there were 24/7 news programs devoted to what you might have been like, "the untold story?" How would you feel being in someone else's shoes?