We kick off another wonderful week by naming Paul LaRosa at CBS News our featured journalist for Monday. LaRosa is the Emmy-award winning writer-producer whose memoir "Leaving Story Avenue" the New York Times called "vivid and captivating."
Once a newspaper reporter for The NY Daily News, LaRosa remains a writer at heart even in the broadcast world. His accolades span both industries of news, as well: two Emmys, a Peabody, an Edward R. Murrow, and a Gracie Award for his television work, and the Meyer Berger Award for his work in print.
LaRosa grew up in the Bronx in the Monroe Houses, a city housing project and was educated at Cardinal Hayes HS, Fordham University and finally, Columbia University, where he earned the Revson Fellowship. He became a journalist "to have a front seat on life," and he considers producing the CBS News documentary on 9/11 his proudest achievement (and to see more of his stellar work, be sure to check out his portfolio here.)
"None of this would have happened had I not been lucky. I hope you are lucky in life too!" he writes. "Did I mention I'm a yoga enthusiast who practices 4 x a week?" No, but that makes perfect sense! Namaste to you, too, Paul.