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Monday, December 07, 2009

Chief national correspondent for CBS News and contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes Byron Pitts talks about how he went from functional illiteracy at age 12 to becoming an Emmy award-winning news reporter in his new book, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges(St. Martin's Press, 2009).

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Comments [4]

the truth!! from BKNY

I also am impressed and will purchase the book! Good job

Dec. 07 2009 11:21 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

I agree #1 that Mr. Pitts sounds like a phenomenal person and it’s good to see he didn’t get catalogued as un-teachable as so many minority children do, but the only time I’ve seen one of his broadcasts was on 60 Minutes when he chastised Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans for not having the city cleaned up one year after hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Pitts, it’s 8 years later, and we still have that hole in the ground.

Dec. 07 2009 10:58 AM
Mireille Liong from brooklyn, NY

I am impressed and will buy his book.

Dec. 07 2009 10:56 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Byron Pitts sounds like a phenomenal person, one who has overcome genuine adversity. His comment that "optimism is a choice" is great advice.

That said, he's little more than a typical American journalist -- go to the power-broker, get their official statement and recast it for the news program.

He has largely been part of the problem in Iraq, regularly joining the American media mob in doing little more than repeat the American line.

In the 2004 election cycle, he was just one of the media mob playing into the hands of the Bush machine slandering Kerry.

Dec. 07 2009 10:52 AM

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