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Published on Jun 15, 2011
Journalist Gail Shister speaks of her early career in sports reporting and her transition from sports reporting to the TV beat. Shister, who at the time of this taping was TV columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, observes that the days of the long-term TV news anchor are over. Because people under 50 are not watching the news, says Shister, TV news needs to develop a new delivery system and is in the process of redefining itself. The cable TV shows she loves include The Sopranos, Entourage, and Deadwood. Among her network favorites are 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, and Law and Order. Gail Shister argues that most so-called reality TV is staged, and she speaks with warmth and respect about Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Leslie Stahl, Dan Rather, and Barbara Walters.