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Following in your mother’s footsteps

January 25, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Amy Tennery of JaneDough.com interviewed Bloomberg Television anchor Trish Regan about her job and how she got into business journalism.

Hers is an excerpt:

TJD: I hear that your mother was a reporter and she used to take you out on reporting. Do you feel that your relationship with your mother influenced your eventual career?

TR: Absolutely. When I was in my early 20s, I decided – as much as I loved opera – that there were (and I’ll use an economic phrase here) too many opportunity costs. My mother definitely had an influence on my ultimate decision to pursue a career in journalism because that was the profession she had chosen. She was a writer for the Union-Leader in New Hampshire and she was a reporter for the Concord Monitor. I spent a lot of time as a kid at the library, where she’d go and do research. And occasionally, when she was strapped for childcare, might have tagged along on an interview or two.

TJD: It’s great that she made her career work despite the fact that she maybe didn’t always have childcare opportunities. Do you feel like having a ‘career mother’ pushed you to pick a less traditional career path?

TR: She always told me, from as early as I can remember, “You can do anything you want to do.” And that was always the message that communicated.

TJD: Would you want your own daughters to get into financial news?

TR: I want my daughters to do whatever it is that makes them happy. And that could be from being a CEO of a multinational corporation to being a stay-at-home mom. I think that that’s the real key. You’ve got to choose something that you enjoy in life.

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