Sometimes the Life of a Journalist Is Just Too Glamorous

Do you sometimes approach your email inbox with a sense of anxiety or dread? Here's the solution: If you join the exciting world of journalism, you can be uplifted by your incoming messages, as I so reliably am. Today in the "Glamorous Life of a Journalist" saga we have another example. It's a missive from a PR firm, and I start with a  screen shot, in original coloring, to convey the overall excitement:


In more sedate but still compelling plain-text form:

Hello James,
I would like offer an opportunity to speak with the hottest CBS Television Personality on the air. ___ _____  is a meteorologist, an advocate for animal rights, a passionate Vegan, sports enthusiast, fashionista as well as a loving wife. With her hectic schedule on television, radio and as a guest correspondent on ___, ___  still finds time to maintain a physique that is completely too hot for California.
Keeping fit; eating healthy with unique on-air hours as a Vegan and living green with her husband, ___  are vital for ___'s life on and off air.
___ can talk about:
·       How to maintain a "summer body" physique all year round

·       Ways to incorporate exercise in your corporate setting     

·       Foods to avoid during the 5 o'clock blues

·       How to look your best despite mother nature's mood swings

This story is a perfect match for me, since people so often ask why I ever left my beloved West Coast home-of-origin. The reason is of course that I also have a physique that is completely too hot for California. I will be glad at last to meet someone who understands.

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James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

Fallows welcomes and frequently quotes from reader mail sent via the "Email" button below. Unless you specify otherwise, we consider any incoming mail available for possible quotation -- but not with the sender's real name unless you explicitly state that it may be used. If you are wondering why Fallows does not use a "Comments" field below his posts, please see previous explanations here and here.


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