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Growing up in the roughest neighborhoods throughout the East Bay and Northern California, Melissa McCarty watched as so many she knew succumbed to drugs, gangs and violence. To survive, she and her brother learned to be tough and streetwise-but deep inside Melissa had much greater dreams. With unrelenting ambition she worked her way out of town, graduated from college and became a television newscaster. After climbing the ladder from city to city and market to market, she finally attained her ultimate dream: being a top newscaster on a major television station in Los Angeles. But this achievement didn't come without a price. At all hours of the day and night Melissa covered the worst of the news: tragic accidents, HORRIFIC crimes, devastating fires. She exposed criminals, put herself in danger, and always sought the truth...about everything except her own past. It haunted her in the form of her brother Mikey, the hero of her youth, whose undiagnosed mental illness drove him ever deeper into a mire of poverty, addiction, arrest, bad relationships, and violence from which Melissa could not help him escape. So even as she calmly reported on someone else's cruel fate on TV, in her personal life Melissa struggled with accepting and supporting similar needs in her own family. She reported the headlines as her brother was making headlines; the criminals she chased in her work role we similar to those who helped raise her growing up. Her on-air smile and practiced public emotion became her defensive armor in private as well; she was unable, or perhaps unwilling, to exude personal warmth and let her guard down. The armor was so much a part of her she didn't notice it had stopped protecting her and turned into a weapon that damaged her relationships with everyone from bosses to boyfriends. Melissa realized she had to change herself. In News Girls Don't Cry, Melissa McCarty confronts the memory-demons of her past, exploring how they hardened her and kept her from becoming a more loving, empathic, and fully-functioning person in love and life-and how she turned it all around. An inspiring story of overcoming adversity, grabbing second chances and becoming happy and authentic.
|Publisher:||Bettie Youngs Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)|
About the Author
After three years of reporting for ABC, Melissa was hired by CBS-2 and KCAL-9 News, the duopoly in Los Angeles, as the go-to breaking news field reporter-where she led multiple newscasts for over five years. Melissa has appeared as an actress in several television shows and Jimmy Kimmel incorporated Melissa into four of his skits. She's been featured in a number of men's and fashion magazines. She's currently working for Larry King's new network ORA TV as a fill-in host of Newsbreaker.
Melissa lectures journalism students at universities throughout Southern California. She is a sought-after speaker to women's groups and at risk teens for schools, associations, and organizations. Melissa has thousands of loyal followers on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact her through her website: www.newsgirlsdontcry.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a quick read that packs a powerful punch. Especially moving and insightful for any reader who has a family member or friend struggling with addiction or mental illness or both. Melissa McCarty's honesty about ambition, family dynamics and her struggles to be a happier, healthier person in a cut-throat business will make readers stop and reflect on their own lives and relationships..
wow what an insprational,motivating,heartfelt book! I found it so hard to evan put the book down! I loved and felt every word and highly recommend reading this book!!