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As a veteran broadcast journalist and the co-anchor of CNN’s New Day, Alisyn Camerota knows a little something about the fast-paced world of cable news. In her delightfully charming debut novel AMANDA WAKES UP, she offers a fictional behind-the-scenes peek at this one-of-a-kind job—a blur of breaking news, big scoops, and colorful personalities.
The book follows Amanda Gallo, an ambitious young reporter who lands a plum gig at a big-time cable news station, FAIR News, but quickly learns her dream job isn’t exactly a dream. Amanda is a smart, plucky, and idealistic heroine whose struggle to balance her personal and professional lives is infinitely relatable—even if you don’t have a 3:00 AM wake-up call. She quickly learns that though her new gig means a fancy salary and a clothing budget, she must juggle an exhausting routine, newfound stardom (and the social media firestorms that come with it), and a pompous womanizing co-anchor—not to mention deeper struggles about her own identity, what it means to be a good journalist, and how to ensure fair and objective reporting.
Alisyn Camerota discusses:
· What inspired her to write about the fast-paced world of cable news
· Her own journey as a broadcast journalist
· What it’s really like to cover a political campaign
· How she grapples with serious issues like fairness and integrity in news, and how to get the story right in a ratings-driven climate
AMANDA WAKES UP is The Devil Wears Prada meets The Newsroom, with a dash of Primary Colors, and sure to be one of the summer’s must-reads.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alisyn Camerota is a television journalist and the co-anchor of CNN’s New Day. She was a crime reporter for five years at the fugitive finding show America’s Most Wanted and went on to work to become a national correspondent NBC network magazine show Real Life. She worked for many years at FOX News Channel as a national correspondent and anchor. She has also worked as a reporter at several local stations, including WHDH in Boston, WLNE in Providence, and WTTG in Washington, D.C. She serves on the board of Resolve, the National Infertility Association and the Dean’s Advisory Board of American University’s School of Communication. She lives in the New York area with her husband and three children. Alisyn attended American University in Washington DC on an academic scholarship and graduated cum laude.
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