The Meaningful Work of TV News

Moses Small has embarked on a new career doing the meaningful work of TV news.

Growing up as an adopted African-American child of white parents, Moses often felt “otherness.”

“I remember being a really little kid. My parents would give me $20 for the convenience store. And then, in a couple of instances, a person working [at the store] had to check the [$20 bill], hold it up to the light. He said ‘how do you have this money? Is this even real?’”

– Moses Small, TV News Reporter

Moses believes that his life experiences prepare him to be an effective TV news reporter who tells compelling stories about people in his new community of Bakersfield, California.

After a failed run for high school student government leadership, Moses got hooked on reporting TV news. A recent graduate of Emerson College, he is the new weekend anchor and general news reporter for NBC affiliate KGET TV in Bakersfield, California.

In this episode, Moses discusses:

  • His new assignment at KGET-TV. Starts at 2:22
  • The origins of his meaningful work in TV news. Starts at 3:20
  • Growing up as an adopted African-American child to white parents in Portland, Maine, and, feelings of “otherness.” Stars at 10:31
  • How he met his birth-parents. Starts at 17:05
  • His “why.” Starts at 22:04
  • Brushing back “fake news” sentiments. Starts at 24:13

Reflecting his new assignment, Moses says:

“I’m just so grateful to go to a market where there are such amazing people at my station and I am going to learn something new everyday. Being in a busy news market is very important to me.”

About our guest:

Moses Small graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Emerson College. After TV news internships at DatelineNBC and WCVB-TV in Boston, Moses was named the new weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC affiliate KGET-TV in Bakersfield, California.

EPISODE DATE: August 21, 2020

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