Marketwatch media columnist Jon Friedman takes a look Friday at CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason, who weaves stories about business and finance in the tradition of Charles Kuralt.
Friedman writes, “Mason, who has been reporting for CBS since the 1980s, said he ‘raised his hand’ a decade ago to volunteer for the business beat, but he never expected to stay on it for quite so long.
“‘If you had told me I would be covering business for 10 years, I would’ve told you were absolutely insane,’ he said. ‘When I was a kid, it was something my brother, a banker, and my father, who started the Japan Fund, did. I was more interested in covering global crises.’
“His biggest career regret is being unable to report from the New York Stock Exchange in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He recalled that an NYSE official told him, ‘If you can get here, we’ll let you in, but good luck.'”
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