I stumbled upon this profile of my colleague Shannon Bream. Before Shannon got into the media, she was a practicing lawyer. Did you know that?
I thought I would put my two cents in (to add to Mark Washburn’s article below.) You will never meet a nicer or more generous colleague than Shannon – everyone at Fox likes Shannon. She would never stab you in the back or be petty.
And her work as a journalist? She can explain legal cases better than anyone else. It is quite amazing. She can take a complicated court decision and reduce to a minute and a half (about how long you get on TV) and she does it in a way that we can all understand it. She makes the complicated, simple.
Of course, she does much more than legal reporting — and she is just as good at that!
Shannon Bream proved old boss wrong
By Mark Washburn
WBTV (Channel 3) was the first big break for Shannon Bream, now Supreme Court reporter for Fox News. And her hiring in Charlotte came at a good time.
She’d just been told she’d never amount to anything as a newscaster.
Bream was practicing labor law in Tampa when she got the TV news bug. She talked a local news director into letting her have an internship, then an entry-level job writing scripts on the overnight shift.
When a new news director arrived, he decided to clean house and called in Bream.
“He told me I was terrible. He said, ‘You’re the worst person I’ve ever seen on television.’ He said, ‘I hope you’re a better lawyer than a reporter, and you need to go back to that.’”
Bream had a good weep in a soundproof edit bay, summoned the strength to make a dignified exit and went looking for her next job. She found it in 2001 at