191 – Sharyl Attkisson: Investigative Journalist; Author of “Stonewalled”

sharyl-attkisson-587x620Sharyl Attkisson is an Emmy award winning investigative journalist and author.

She became a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News in January 1995. Prior to that, she co-anchored CBS News “Up to the Minute.”

Before joining CBS, Attkisson was an anchor and correspondent for CNN (1990-1993). From 1996-2001, in addition to her CBS News duties, Attkisson hosted a half-hour weekly medical news magazine on PBS entitled “HealthWeek.”

Prior to working on the national news, Attkisson was a reporter, anchor and/or producer at WTVT Tampa (1986-1990), WBNS Columbus, Ohio (1985-1986) and WTVX Ft. Pierce (1982-1985).

Attkisson was one of the first journalists to fly on a military combat mission: a B-52 sortie in Kosovo. She also flew on an F-15 fighter jet Combat Air Patrol (CAP) flight.

Attkisson attended the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications where she worked as a reporter at WUFT-TV and WRUF radio. Attkisson served on the University’s Journalism College Advisory Council (1993-1997) and was chairman in 1996. In 1997, she received the University of Florida’s Alumnae of Outstanding Achievement Award. She co-authored the college textbook: “Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News” (Allyn & Bacon 2003).

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About the Book: “Stonewalled”

Seasoned CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisiveStonewalled__38079.1406901750.251.374 critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today’s media.

Americans are at the mercy of powerful figures in business and government who are virtually unaccountable. The Obama Administration in particular has broken new ground in its monitoring of journalists, intimidation and harassment of opposition groups, and surveillance of private citizens.

Sharyl Attkisson has been a journalist for more than thirty years. During that time she has exposed scandals and covered controversies under both Republican and Democratic administrations. She has also seen the opponents of transparency go to ever greater lengths to discourage and obstruct legitimate reporting.

Attkisson herself has been subjected to “opposition research” efforts and spin campaigns. These tactics increased their intensity as she relentlessly pursued stories that the Obama Administration dismissed. Stonewalled is the story of how her news reports were met with a barrage of PR warfare tactics, including online criticism, as well as emails and phone calls up the network chain of command in an effort to intimidate and discourage the next story. In Stonewalled, Attkisson recounts her personal tale, setting it against the larger story of the decline of investigative journalism and unbiased truth telling in America today.

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