WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the top market in the country. That's what my dad told me, so it had to be true. As the youngest of 11 children, I always felt the last to know about anything, and that I would never know as much as my older siblings. But, in the 80s while watch- ing breaking news coverage of the shootings of President Ronald Reagan, the Pope, and Anwar Sadat, I was riveted to the Special Reports and watching the work of network news people at the center of events, and realized news reporting was a perfect way for me to be the first in the know. WWM: Describe your journey to WBZ. PE: My first job in TV news was in Worcester at WGMC. I got up the courage to take a demo tape over to NECN, but knew that if I handed it to a receptionist, it would likely end up in a drawer, never to be seen. So I walked over to a group of photographers standing by the back door and asked if they would let me know the right person to show my work to. One nice gentleman walked me right into the office of the assistant news director, Tom Melville. Tom put my tape in, and an hour and a half later I walked out with a part-time freelance job, which ultimately led to stints on the NECN anchor desk. That's how the news director at WBZ found me 11 years ago. Fortunately for me, my husband Bill was and is completely sup- portive of my career. When I was the weekend anchor, he took over Saturday and Sunday evenings. When I assumed the morning anchor role, he got our four children up, dressed, fed, and off to school because I was long gone when they left in the morning, but I was able to be there to pick everyone up from school and oversee afternoon 62 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 an interview with paula ebben

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