So What Do You Do, Candy Crowley? Although she's "grown to love journalism," CNN's Candy Crowley started out with far different plansBy Brian Stelter – February 5, 2007
Candy Crowley began her career as a gopher at WASH-FM in Washington, and has risen all the way to senior political correspondent at CNN. Along the road, she's worked everywhere from UPI and Mutual Broadcasting to the AP and NBC. Not bad for someone who's a writer at heart and only got into the TV business because it "fulfilled the need to have a paycheck." TVNewser's Brian Stelter caught up with Crowley to ask about her career.
Name: Candy Crowley
Position: Senior political correspondent, CNN
Education: Randolph-Macon Women's College
Hometown: born in Michigan, raised in St. Louis
Did you always want to be a journalist?
I always wanted to be a writer. But the problem with being a writer is, unless you've written your first book, they don't pay you a whole lot to sit at your house and write. So this fulfilled the need to have a paycheck. And since then I've grown to love journalism.
But the first motivation was the motivation to write.
Well I always liked history papers more than I liked English essays. I was always driven toward true things, as opposed to fiction.
How'd you get your foot in the door?
My first job was at WASH-FM when it was a MetroMedia station in Washington. I just worked this minimum wage split shift thing. Basic gopher work, calling around to find out what happened the night before.