1st Edition

Why I'm a Journalist Personal Stories from Those Who Cover the News

Edited By Aaron Chimbel Copyright 2018
    232 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Why be a journalist? It can be a difficult job with long hours, hard work and an uncertain future. Journalists face relentless criticism and an industry in transition. Aaron Chimbel has put together a collection of essays from working journalists who answer the question — why be a journalist? — with their personal stories of coming up, toiling in the field and writing important, career-defining stories. These journalists come from different platforms, beats and locations, offering varying accounts of the travails and rewards of being a working journalist across changing landscapes and timelines.

    The essays in Why I’m a Journalist offer encouragement and wisdom about the path to being a reporter, a broadcaster, an editor or a media professional. This is a collection for students interested in the field, early upstarts engaged with building their careers and seasoned pros looking to learn from their colleagues. 


    Byron Pitts


    Aaron Chimbel

    Section 1 – Public Affairs Journalists

    Norah O’Donnell

    John F. Harris

    Perla Trevizo

    Ziva Branstetter

    Section 2 – International Journalists

    Elise Hu

    Muhammad Lila

    Robyn Kriel

    Can Dündar

    Section 3 – Media Journalists

    Eric Deggans

    Brian Stelter

    Kristen Hare

    Section 4 – Business Journalists

    Karen Blumenthal

    Kelli B. Grant

    Michael Schreiber

    Section 5 – Sports Journalists

    Karen Crouse

    Mark Godich

    Joel Anderson

    Section 6 – Print Journalists

    Tawnell D. Hobbs

    Rose Baca

    Lee Powell

    Section 7 – Broadcast Journalists

    John Sharify

    Michele Mitchell

    Carlos C. Hopkins

    Wayne Freedman

    Section 8 – Digital Journalists

    David Cohn

    Mila Sanina

    Steve Myers

    Section 9 – Journalism Leaders

    Aminda (Mindy) Marqués Gonzalez

    Peter Bhatia

    Susana Schuler

    Jay Shaylor

    Section 10 – Young Journalists

    Alex Apple

    Lexy Cruz

    Andrea Drusch

    Lauren Galippo

    Andrea Masenda

    Ryan Osborne

    Daniel Salazar


    Bob Schieffer


    Aaron Chimbel is an associate professor of professional practice in journalism at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication, where he has taught full-time since 2009.

    "In an age of journalism demonization, this book is a tonic, a rich source of pride in the profession by some of America’s finest newsgatherers. It’s a book brimming with practical advice for journalism students and would-be reporters, but it’s also a wonderful reminder to those of us longer in the tooth that what we do, and what we train others to do, matters a great deal."

    -Charles N. Davis, The University of Georgia, USA