Take Your Mother to Work Day: On Arbetter show with son Dave

Susan Arbetter billed her 15-minute conversation with David Lombardo and me on her WCNY Capitol Pressroom show today as two generations of journalists talking about the business. David tweeted it as “Take Your Mother to Work Day.”

Both were right.

It was fun to do and, I hope you’ll agree, worth listening to.

Arbetter used to know me from my years of running the newsroom of The Saratogian, the daily newspaper based in Saratoga Springs. Now she knows me as the mother of David Lombardo, the capitol reporter for the Albany Times Union and creator of its award-winning Capitol Confidential podcast.  They work across the hall from one another in the Capitol.

Arbetter is Correspondent and News and Public Affairs Director for WCNY Syracuse Pubic Television and hosts and produces The Capitol Pressroom, comprising lively, substantive, timely and (the Lombardo lovefest notwithstanding) insightful interviews on state issues. I’ve always admired her smarts, talent, presence and laugh.

It wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say Dave grew up in the newsroom, though his news junkie DNA really came from his father. Wish I babbled less today about leaving David’s Pampers in the publisher’s trash can, and more about current issues facing journalists. So much pressure on a live broadcast!  

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