” The problem with being a journalist is you go places and you’re working. You don’t get to appreciate everything. But I got enough of a sampler of South Africa, I thought, ‘I want to come here when I don’t have to interview people for a living so that I can really enjoy it.’ Because I think it was just a magnificent place. “


” I remember when I interviewed at MSNBC, one of the first things they said to me was, ‘In your tapes, you had a mustache, right?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I recently took it off.’ I said, ‘If you hire me, you get to decide if you want it or not.’ They said, ‘No, no, we’re fine with it now. “


” Not to get too deep on shaving my mustache, but it was kind of symbolic of, ‘This is a moment of liberation, a chance to reinvent yourself.’ That’s kind of what I did. “


” You have to go where the story is to report on it. As a journalist, you’re essentially running to things that other people are running away from. “


” There’s no experience like going down an empty freeway toward a hurricane and then looking in the opposite lane and seeing bumper-to-bumper traffic, people fleeing that scene. Or going to a toxic spill and seeing people go the other way. You talk yourself into thinking you’re invincible in order to do that. “


” You know there’s some great folks, great story telling at ‘Dateline,’ and I’m glad to be a part of it. “


” I never believed the anchorman should be the know-it-all. And I try to communicate that to the audience. While I have some knowledge from my years of experience, what I want to do is walk you through this because we’re all walking through this together. “


” At the end of the day, I’m reading the news. I’m not digging ditches. I’m not fighting fires. It’s a long day, and it’s a lot of responsibility, and it can be a little bewildering sometimes with the schedule. But, you know, it’s a job, and they pay me well to do a job. “


” I have this vision of maybe going the way of Bill Kurtis and, I think, Tom Brokaw, to a certain extent – the ability to not be tied to the desk anymore, but to do projects that are meaningful to you. “


” You never know what doors are going to open up and why they are going to open up. You’ve got to be ready to walk through them. “


” You can’t exactly do it from your hotel room. It’s the weather, you’ve got to get out in it. You’re telling people that there are 70 mile-per-hour winds. So it’s like, ‘Let’s prove it. “


” Everyone knows I’m black. I am who I am. This is the person that Lester Sr. and June Holt raised, and I make no apology for it. At the same time, I’m never going to pull a race card to get what I want. You can’t have it both ways. “


” I really bristle when I get called to events and people introduce me as one of the top black anchors in the country. You know, that’s very insulting. I’m striving to be one of the best anchors in the country. Handcuff me like that. What you’re saying is, ‘You’re black. You should only expect to rise to the level of the best at being black. “



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The problem with being a journalist is you go places and you
I remember when I interviewed at MSNBC, one of the first things they said to me was,
Not to get too deep on shaving my mustache, but it was kind of symbolic of,
You have to go where the story is to report on it. As a journalist, you
There
You know there
I never believed the anchorman should be the know-it-all. And I try to communicate that to the audience. While I have some knowledge from my years of experience, what I want to do is walk you through this because we
At the end of the day, I
I have this vision of maybe going the way of Bill Kurtis and, I think, Tom Brokaw, to a certain extent - the ability to not be tied to the desk anymore, but to do projects that are meaningful to you.
You never know what doors are going to open up and why they are going to open up. You
You can
Everyone knows I
I really bristle when I get called to events and people introduce me as one of the top black anchors in the country. You know, that

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