From AJR, December 2001 issue
CNN's "TalkBack Live" host Bobbie Battista bails out of the business
after 26 years in TV news.
By Kathryn S. Wenner "TalkBack Live" host and longtime news anchor Bobbie Battista leaves CNN
and the news business. "After 26 years of doing live TV every day, I'm
just tired," says Battista, 49. Plus, she says, "My worst nightmare was
staying at the party too long." Battista plans to do media
consulting--advising politicians, corporate leaders and lawyers on how
to communicate on television and before live audiences, advice she says
she's given "a lot of young newscasters" over the years. She wants to
keep her hand in television, "something other than news...like the
History Channel." After 17 years anchoring CNN news shows, Battista
spent the last three years hosting the daytime show "TalkBack Live,"
with a studio audience, guests and viewer input via phone, fax and the
Internet. CNN was "a journalist's dream come true," says Battista, who
spent six years at WRAL-TV in Raleigh as that market's first female
coanchor. "The Berlin Wall fell during my shift."
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at
the Washington Post.