More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories

More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories

by Jen Maxfield
More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories

More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories

by Jen Maxfield


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A reporter uncovers the rest of the story

In More After the Break, Jen Maxfield revisits ten memorable stories from her career as a TV news reporter, describing in heart-pounding detail how the events unfolded and revealing what happened after the cameras went away. She introduces readers to unforgettable people who will inspire you with their hopefulness, even when confronting life’s greatest heartbreaks: a young man who lost both legs in a ferry crash, an endurance athlete with stage-four lung cancer, a fifth grader on a doomed field trip, an Ivy League undergrad sentenced to decades in prison, a young woman who gave her life for an animal, a Wall Street executive on an ill-fated bike ride, a preschooler whose health hinged on an immigration battle, a family who lost everything in a hurricane, a mother who fought back against domestic violence, and a man who stood up for his rights while seated in his wheelchair. 

Returning to find these people years—even decades—after she featured their stories on the news gives Maxfield an opportunity to ask the burning questions she had always pondered: What happened after the live truck pulled away? What is the rest of the story?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626349605
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 07/12/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 660,169
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jen Maxfield is an Emmy Award–winning reporter and substitute anchor who started at NBC New York in 2013. Prior to joining the station, she worked for Eyewitness News (ABC7) in New York City as a reporter and substitute anchor for ten years. Jen started her broadcast career in Binghamton, New York (WIVT), in 2000 and also worked in Syracuse (WIXT) before moving to New York City in 2002. She has reported live from thousands of news events over her twenty-two-year career and estimates she has interviewed more than ten thousand people.

Maxfield is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. A graduate of the class of 2000, Maxfield enjoys coming back to her alma mater to educate the next generation of journalists. She finds it incredibly rewarding to work with young people as they launch their careers in news.

Maxfield and her husband, Scott, met as undergraduate students at Columbia. They live in New Jersey and have three children and a dog named Rocket.

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Door Knock 7

Chapter 1 Angel on the Ferry 13

Air Date: October 17, 2003

Chapter 2 The Big One 37

Air Dates: August 30-September 3, 2005 and October 29-November 3, 2012

Chapter 3 Friday Night 65

Air Date: June 20, 2011

Chapter 4 The Long Way Home 91

Air Dates: November 28, 2011 and November 24, 2018

Chapter 5 A Daughter's Love 121

Air Date: March 11, 2012

Chapter 6 Racing Against Time 145

Air Dates: November 1 and 6, 2017

Chapter 7 Paramus Strong 173

Air Dates: May 17, 21, and June 7, 2018

Chapter 8 Free at Last 203

Due Date: March 10, 2000

Conclusion. The Door Knock, Revisited 227

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 239

About the Author 245

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“For a reporter accustomed to writing 90 second news stories, all I can say is that Jen Maxfield should be writing more books! More After the Break is a vivid and moving account of people’s stories, written by a journalist who holds her subjects in high regard.”
Senator Bill Bradley 
US Senate (1979-1997) and New York Knicks (1965-1977)
“The best journalists get into the business because they genuinely care about the good people they cover, as well as the good people who watch, read, and listen to their stories. Jen Maxfield is precisely that kind of journalist. More After the Break strengthens your faith in humanity, and not incidentally, in the still noble profession of journalism.”
Gary Tuchman
CNN National Correspondent
“More After the Break is quintessential New Jersey: gritty, searing, and yet hopeful. From Katrina to COVID, Jen unveils the "workings of the media," and, more importantly, shares the painful stories of tragedy, hope, and uneasy redemption in contemporary America.”
James McGreevey
Chair, New Jersey Reentry Corporation, Former Governor of New Jersey (2002-2004)
“It's been said that only two types of people run towards disaster while others are fleeing: first responders and reporters. Jen Maxfield shows the compassionate, helping side of journalism in a way I've never before seen. We watch the news and hope that things will turn out okay for those involved, but we never knew the answer until now.”  
Stephen D. Jones
Captain (Ret.) NJ State Police
“In a book which has all the immediacy and impact of her own TV news reporting, Jen Maxfield shows us not only how the news is made (sometimes at great risk), but why it matters. 
Michael Korda
Author, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Simon & Schuster
“In the fast-paced world of technology, where we have so much access to information, we often forget what good journalism is supposed to be about: stories that impact our communities told with objectivity and empathy. More After the Break validates the reason why local journalism still matters in the age of technology.”
Jared Grusd
Tech Executive and Former HuffPost CEO
“Moving and unforgettable, More After the Break offers deeply empathetic portraits of tragedy, loss, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.  Maxfield tells her subjects’ stories with skill and compassion.”
Amanda Brown
Author, Legally Blonde 
“This is a book every young journalist/blogger should read. Jen Maxfield’s stories will inspire you and you'll see the compassion and heart it takes to cover big news events in the nation’s largest TV market. This is not fake news, it's the real deal.”
Diana Williams
Longtime Anchor, Eyewitness News (ABC NY)
“I first met Jen Maxfield in 2000 when she interviewed me for a story. She had just started her career in television, and even then, I could tell her insightful and compassionate skills would serve her viewers well and lead her down the path to become an exceptional reporter. This book is the culmination of decades of storytelling and connecting with individuals of all walks of life.”
Adam Weitsman
"My Columbia Journalism professor Jen Maxfield has written a book that isn't just a behind-the-scenes account, it's a deeply personal story that demonstrates that the best journalism requires courage and compassion. This book is a treasure for any reporter starting their career or anyone who wants to understand all it takes to bring news stories to life." 
Meridith McGraw
National Political Correspondent, Politico
"More After The Break is beautiful and refreshing in its ability to truly see, hear, understand, value, and honor the individuals who lived the story. Jen Maxfield's desire and ability to revisit these people and their stories reflects her human-centered approach throughout her accomplished career."
Ethan Beute, Wall Street Journal bestselling coauthor of Human-Centered Communication and Rehumanize Your Business
"Jen gets the news cranking like Kendrick Lamar gives us bars. NY/NJ these are your stories and here's to a reporter that never forgot! I give this book 5 flex bombs! "
Funk Flex 
NYC Radio and DJ Legend 
“A moving and gripping portrayal of what it's like to be in the trenches, Maxfield offers a revelatory glimpse at the life of a compassionate and dedicated TV journalist. For anyone who's ever wondered what's really going on behind the scenes of a breaking news story, this book is a must read."
Gigi Stone Woods
TV News Anchor 
“Over her years as one of the most reliable reporters on the ground, Jen Maxfield brings the news home, making it relatable and making it count. Her stories are about people, their struggles and their successes. With Jen, there’s always more after the break, more that’s worth watching and worth listening to.”
Ron Insana
Senior Analyst, CNBC 
More After the Break embodies key elements of what I teach my students: we have a responsibility as journalists to serve the public in a way that is ethical and empathetic. Jen flawlessly pens narratives in this book that move us. It is a must read for budding and veteran journalists." 
Anthony Adornato
Journalism Professor, Ithaca College
“What makes Jen Maxfield an extraordinary news reporter is that she seamlessly weaves in a sense of empathy, spirit and compassion to her reporting. The family that suffers a tragedy, the heroism of the first responder and the toll weather and natural disasters have are all, ultimately, human stories.”
Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner
Past President, New York and New Jersey Board of Rabbis
“I have had the pleasure of teaching Jen as a student and teaching with her, both at Columbia’s Graduate Journalism School. I admit that I shed a few tears at the emotional connection that she has brought to life in this compelling book. It’s a must read for anyone who cares about good journalism. It also reminds us of why we do this work!”
Lennart Bourin
Affiliate Faculty, Emerson College Journalism Department
“What's most compelling about More After the Break isn't even the amazing stories and storytelling. It's the feeling you're left with afterwards. I hired Jen Maxfield for her second job in news back in 2001, and I am thrilled to say she’s written a book about more than just journalism. It’s a book about people.”
Jim Tortora
Former News Director, WIXT/WSYR Syracuse NY
“Sometimes looking back moves us forward. Jen Maxfield’s More After the Break provides touching epilogues where narratives born of tragedy and turmoil are transformed to stories of purpose, resilience, unity and hope.”
Lauren Taylor Wolfe
Managing Partner, Impactive Capital
More After the Break offers a window into the less-than-glamorous work life of television’s first-responders. An engaging and enlightening read.”
Steve Craig
Longtime Anchor, NewsChannel 34, Binghamton, NY
“In 2017, my organization honored Jen Maxfield as a ‘Woman to Watch.’ Yet, through her beautifully written More After the Break, Maxfield connects us more deeply with the lives she has given us to watch. This is a powerful book that gives readers not only a glimpse of the life of a journalist, but at the heart of one who understands how her work changes our world.”
Meredith Jacobs, CEO, Jewish Women International and Author, Just Between Us
“In her exquisitely written book, More After The Break, Jen Maxfield revisits some of the most heart-wrenching and memorable news stories of the past two decades. Jen has compiled a truly inspirational account of what happens when today’s headlines become yesterday’s news.” 
Erika Katz
Leading parenting expert and best-selling author of Coach Parenting
“Jen is a dedicated volunteer with Center for Food Action in New Jersey, an agency that cares for the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.‘ My friend Jen most definitely has a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. This comes through in her many contributions to CFA and in More After the Break, an absolute must read.“
Patricia Espy
Center for Food Action

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