Author and Media Veteran Pamela Burke: Five Things You Need To Thrive & Succeed As A Journalist

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
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7 min readApr 22, 2021

I urge them to pursue it with great gusto. We need more dedicated journalists who care about discovering truths and introducing us to people and issues that are important to the development of our world. It’s with their eyes and observations we can connect with others and begin to understand how to make positive change happen.

Pamela Burke is the founder of The Women’s Eye and author of 20 Women Changemakers: Taking Action Around the World and her second anthology 20 Women Storytellers-Taking Action with Powerful Words and Images, available anywhere books are sold on May 1st, 2021. She has served as a producer and/or executive for NBC; LIFETIME Cable Network; USA Network; USA TODAY–The Television Show; King World and CBS; A&E Cable Network; and DISCOVERY Planet Green.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series Pamela! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit more. Can you tell us a bit about your “backstory”? What led you to this particular career path?

I have always wanted to be in journalism in whatever capacity that I could. Ever since I founded a neighborhood newspaper at age 8, I knew it was my calling. My curiosity level is enormous and I thought that interviewing people and telling their stories somehow would introduce me to the world, and I could change it in some positive way.

I have had the good fortune of working for print magazines and broadcasting companies as a reporter, bureau chief, television producer and executive producer. From LIFE Magazine to NBC-TV to, now, my own online magazine and podcasts, each phase of my working career has been a joy and a tremendous learning experience.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?

There have been so many it’s hard to pick out one. A particular story I will never forget is interviewing Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. I spoke to him and…

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator