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Professionally, I remember Cronkite as a kid growing up, and more so for me, the importance of Cronkite was not him sitting there at the anchor desk, but him out there doing things.
Probably my mother. She was a very compassionate woman, and always kept me on my feet. And I think part of it is just the way you are, the way you're raised. And she had the responsibility for raising me.
My uncle was a hero, Lewis Roundtree. He was not even related to me really, but he was always called my uncle. He was like a father to me. I was closer to him than I was my father.
My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic, worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.
I'd watch my father get up at 5 o'clock and go down to the Eastern Market in Detroit to do the shopping for his restaurant, and get that business going and then go out on his vending machine business.
I would listen to how they told the story, to what elements they used, to how it sounded, and that's who I patterned myself after, the people who were on CBS News.
I will not go into a story unprepared. I will do my homework, and that's something I learned at an early age.
I taught sixth grade for three and a half years.
I stayed three weeks in Paris, fell in love with the city, and decided that I was born to live in Paris.
I made the decision to come back to New York, quit my job and move to Paris.
I knew that God put me on this earth to be on the radio.
I had no experience with broadcasting basketball games, so I took a tape recorder and went to a playground where there was a summer league, and I stood up in the top of the stands and I called the game.
I had never been out covering a story, but boy, was that fun.
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