Shari Scorca: Lightning In A Bottle

In 1998, Shari Scorca was in the final days of her MTV News internship and her senior year at NYU, when she nabbed a pair of tickets to the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC. A freak lightning strike critically injured fans, stopped the performances cold, and pressed Shari into action. “I ended up in…

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Nina Justman: The Moonman Cometh

From 1988 to 2003, Nina Justman was the MTV News’ first line of defense and offense.  As Assignment Editor, she pitched reps for artist access, and took the heat when they didn’t like the story. She talked artists onto the red carpet, and begged them off. “Nobody did a red carpet like we did,” she…

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Doug Herzog: Hall Of Famer

Interviewing Doug Herzog about MTV News is a little like talking with The Pope about the Pieta; it’s just a tiny sliver of his massive scope. At one point in his four decades of broadcasting innovation, Doug oversaw MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, TVLand, Spike and Logo – in addition to previous stints at Fox and…

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Michael Shore: Master Class

Longtime MTV News Editorial Director Michael Shore’s penned his first scripts for original VJs JJ Jackson and Martha Quinn in the early eighties, his last for correspondents Sway Calloway and SuChin Pak in the early aughts. This week on “You Hear It First,” Michael regales with stories about the days Kurt Cobain died and Courtney Love crashed…

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Elon Johnson: Kick It

If you caught a ten-to-the-hour-every-hour MTV News brief with Kurt Loder or John Norris sometime around the turn of Millennium, chances are it was written by Elon Johnson. These days, Elon leads development for Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. But in 1999, Elon was one of a handful of MTV News Writers tasked with scripting…

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Friends & Neighbors In The Heartland

“What’s it feel like to crack open your sternum,” Neighborhood Archivist, Friend and Q&A Moderator, Tim Lybarger asked. “And share the intimate details of your life on a movie screen?” Just a few years years ago, I didn’t know that 70% of Americans experience trauma in their lifetime, or that it has a major impact on one’s physiology…

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Christina Garibaldi: Full Circle

For a particular brand of New Jersey teenager who loved The Backstreet Boys and dreamt of catching a fleeting glimpse of the quartet waving from MTV’s Times Square Studios, there may be no greater Cinderella Story than Christina Garibaldi’s. “I was a boy bander,” she says. “My dream was to be in Times Square with…

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Ryan Kroft: Whip Smart

On the Monday morning in 2008 that the Fed bailed out, shored up and prevented what might otherwise have been catastrophic financial collapse, I was lying in a fetal position on my bathroom floor when my boss’s boss’s assistant called and urged me into the office. An hour later, as I struggled through abdominal pains…

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Robert Mancini: Iron Man

For a hot minute there in the late 90s, Robert Mancini and I were the first two staffers into the MTV News offices every morning tasked with writing, producing, and publishing half a dozen stories to MTV News Dot Com before the television news meeting even began. Robert wrote years of daily news articles, on-air…

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Abbie Kearse: Sweat The Technique

As a writer, reporter and producer for “The Week in Rock” and a wide range of documentaries including “Gangsta Rap: An MTV News Special Report,” Abbie Kearse sat down with some of rock and hip-hop’s biggest legends and tackled some of the most important social issues of the day. In addition to covering monster rock acts…

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