It’s a tough gig: lots of times, reporters are one-man bands responsible for lugging around a camera and filming their own footage, all while keeping abreast of a story’s latest developments, and looking impeccably dressed and ready for air.
It’s a highly competitive industry and getting to the top isn’t easy, nor is landing the story, which often finds the reporters heading straight into the eye of a given storm to get the scoop for those who are watching at home, and rely on that news to make decisions and stay safe.
Current and former TV reporters shared with A Plus what drives them to go to work each day, what keeps them motivated to do what they do, and why they have remained in — or left — the field. Their responses are revelatory and will give you a greater respect for what at times might seem like a fluffy profession.
To protect those who may still work in the industry, we have withheld names by request.