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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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Michael Alex: Golden Years

Few MTV News staffers had a run like Michael Alex. For sixteen years of MTV News’ heyday, Michael did it all, from producing The Week in Rock and Choose or Loose, to spearheading the launch of MTV News Dot Com, and interviewing all of the greats from The Ramones to The Replacements, Mick Jagger to…
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“Friends & Neighbors” Documentary To Premiere

America is suffering a mental health crisis. In 2021, reports of anxiety rose 3x. 53% of US adults and 68% of African Americans said that the pandemic had negatively affected their mental health. Gun violence and hate crimes are up. Adolescent suicide rates have quadrupled. 60% of Americans experience at least one adverse childhood experience.…
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