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Exit Interview

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When David Westin became president of ABC News in March 1997, the division was treading water. "It looked like all the really important news was behind us," he writes. Hardly. For the next thirteen years, Westin would preside over ABC News during some of the most important and perplexing events in its history:

• President Clinton's impeachment

• The tied 2000 presidential el
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ebook, 256 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Sarah Crichton Books
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Chris Julian
Feb 04, 2017 Chris Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the personal and inside look at ABC News and Weston's personal journey with the network.
Jodie March
David Westin was head of ABC news from 1997 to 2010, so he was there for a number of major events, including the Gore-Bush election, 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And he was also there during the years when cable news stations and the Internet changed the way that people access news. His book provides an inside look at how a major media organization operates, the challenges they face in fairly and accurately reporting the news, and the ways in which they have been affected by compe ...more
Alice
Jun 13, 2012 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who is interested in TV news, or even news from any media source, is likely to find this book fascinating. It's an insider's look at TV news -- issues such as how stories are covered, what makes a good journalist, what is the future of TV news, what decides which risks to take in covering a story are discussed in a readable style. Some of the specific issues/events discussed, each in their own chapter, are the coverage of the death of Princess Diana, the Bush/Gore election, the famous "bl ...more
Linda
May 22, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Easy read of Westin's tenure as ABC News president from 1997 to 2010. He covers major events that happened during his time as head of the news organizations. He has chapters on the death of Princess Diana, Bill Clinton and the blue dress, the 200 presidential election, the 9/11 attacks, and the injuring of Bob Woodruff and his colleague.

This is not a gossipy tell-all book. It is an honest look at stories that were covered, discussions that were held to decide what information to release and why
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Bonnie
Jul 04, 2012 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
More like 3.5 stars. It's a well-written and well-structured book with lots of detail and insight into how news (at my most favorite network) is made. Knowing he was president of news and not a journalist, I should've expected that the focus would be more on the behind-the-scenes business side and not behind-the-scenes journalism side.
Alicia Brooks
There were interesting stories to tell and some of the chapters were fascinating but it was such a dry read. It felt more like a boring procedural than a tell-all behind the scenes book.
Marge
Jan 22, 2013 Marge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting chapters of events that occurred while Westin was at the helm of ABC. Gave us insight into the making of a news story from the inside.
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