A witty and candid glimpse of life in cable news from a long-time anchor who walked away from the spotlight and found joy in faith, family, and life’s simple pleasures.
This upbeat memoir is full of the edgy humor Patti Ann Browne’s fans love. She takes an honest look at the highs and lows of her life, both on and off the air. She provides insights into the turbulent world of television news and weaves in advice for aspiring journalists, parents of preemies, working moms, and anyone trying to stay grounded in a world that increasingly values superficiality.
In this entertaining and intimate memoir, the woman known by fans as “The Notorious P.A.B.” reveals why she walked away from her TV news career after three decades. Patti Ann Browne also shares funny and poignant stories of her life off camera—from how she met her husband four years after turning down a blind date with him, to her son’s near death shortly after his premature birth and how it changed her perspective on life. She chronicles life as an “Irish triplet,” and tells the dramatic story of her twin sister secretly placing a baby for adoption and being reunited with him decades later.
While many books declare that you can “have it all,” Patti Ann dares to say no one can...but with flexibility and gratitude, you can come close. From local cable to MSNBC and then Fox, the #1 cable news network in America, Patti Ann describes her determination to write her own story. She resists the pressures of climbing to the top and the sacrifices that entails, ultimately choosing faith and family.
From her humble upbringing in Queens to rubbing elbows daily with the world’s movers and shakers in Manhattan, Patti Ann explains how she found a way to enjoy the perks of the glamorous life of an anchor while (mostly) avoiding the pitfalls.
Fiercely protective of her middle-class lifestyle, Patti Ann believes simple pleasures are life’s greatest joys. Her uplifting story is one of following your heart, owning your mistakes, living with integrity, and leaving the rest to God. Rooted in faith and optimism, it’s a redemptive tale of humility and serendipity. Patti Ann demonstrates that with hard work and a willingness to change course, we can all write a life story with a happy ending.
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About the Author
Also a veteran of MSNBC and News 12 Long Island, Patti Ann is a Fordham University alum and has a master’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology. Having quit the news business in 2018, she does some voiceover work, speaking engagements, and volunteering, while enjoying life on Long Island with her husband and teenage son.
Named one of the “Top 30 in Irish American Media” nationwide, Patti Ann is the recipient of an Associated Press Regional Award for 1st Place Documentary Feature, a FOLIO Award, and the Dennis Puleston Award for Environmental Achievement. She was featured in World of Hibernia magazine as one of the “New New York Irish: Bright, Brave and Breaking New Boundaries in NYC.” A practicing Catholic, Patti Ann is in the Brooklyn Diocese Hall of Fame (which includes Queens, where she grew up).
For on-air photos, links to videos and her social media, see www.PattiAnnBrowne.net
Table of Contents
Author's Note 9
Chapter 1 Much Wanted, Strong-Willed 11
Chapter 2 Triangles and Squares 32
Chapter 3 The Jigsaw Puzzle 45
Chapter 4 Doors 63
Chapter 5 Plant Another Crop, See What Grows 83
Chapter 6 Jumping the Fence 94
Chapter 7 Fox on the Run 114
Chapter 8 Musical Chairs 131
Chapter 9 Cool Roman Catholics 152
Chapter 10 "Amen, Alleluia" 170
Chapter 11 The Notorious P.A.B 189
Chapter 12 Patrick 206
Chapter 13 Seasons 221
Chapter 14 Hunter 241
Chapter 15 Writing My Own Story 255