August 18th, 2012
09:22 AM ET

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August 18th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Anderson Cooper's newsroom neighbor: Christiane Amanpour

Here at AC360, we are fortunate to share the newsroom with Christiane Amanpour and her team. They “moved in” last April, when Christiane launched a new program on CNN International. Tapping into her vast experience reporting on events around the world, "Amanpour" provides in-depth analysis of the most pressing global news and features high-profile interviews.

Christiane’s career started in Providence, Rhode Island, where she was in charge of the graphics that went on on-air at a local TV news station. Christiane aspired to become a foreign correspondent, and she began on that path when she left Providence and accepted a position at CNN.

In 1983, just three years after the network's founding, she got her start with the company as an entry-level assistant on the international assignment desk in Atlanta. Christiane credits her background in helping her ace the job interview. "They asked me a few questions, all of which I knew because they were mostly about Iran and the revolution," she says, "and I'd lived it so I knew those questions."


August 18th, 2012
03:58 AM ET

Letters to the President #1307: 'Convention preps'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day, although lately I doubt he has time to read every letter.

Dear Mr. President,

Are you already working on your speech for the Democratic convention? I imagine you are. After all, I'm working like a fiend on what I have to do at both conventions and I'm not even a speaker! Ha!

Anyway, I was just thinking about how you must prepare for such moments. If it were up to me, I would just scribble some notes on a napkin, walk out on stage and wing it, but I suppose when you're the president that kind of act won't fly. If you say the wrong thing, I'm sure the markets would go into turmoil, or the North Koreans would start throwing toasters into the ocean, or...well, something awful would happen...not sure what, but something.

See, that's the problem with being the big guy in charge; you can't have fun anymore. Too many people looking over your shoulder and weighing every word.

Maybe you should give them all a shock. Write your speech, let all the advisors look it over and make their suggestions, then when it comes time for the big convention speech, walk out there...pitch the notes...and say whatever you want! Sure it would be risky in terms of getting re-elected, but honestly...do you want to get elected on your terms, or someone else's?

Now, you're warming up to the idea, I'll bet.

Well, I'm just being silly. No one runs for President by saying what he or she truly believes or wants to say anymore. Which, when you think of it, is the sad part of it all.

I'll be back in the office Monday you want to call, but let's keep it short; like you, I have a convention to get ready for!