Anchors' hours let her work in a little law
ROSEMARY CONNORS has a secret identity. By day, Connors is a reporter and relatively new weekend anchor at NBC10. By night, she tosses off the mic, takes off her on-camera makeup and becomes a mild-mannered law student at Temple University.
But the Wynnewood-raised Penn grad doesn't see her two lives as so much of a stretch. "Lawyers act as advocates for their clients, and journalists act as advocates for their viewer," Connors said.
Molly Eichel chatted with Connors about her law-school life, her taste in tunes and how Katie Couric inspired her.
Q Do your classmates ever recognize you from TV?
Randomly people will say, "Wait, didn't I see you last night on the news?" For a lot of students, it was while they were watching the coverage of Hurricane Sandy. Even my tax- class professor called me out.
Q How has your extra education helped you on stories?
Last fall, I was the station's lead political reporter. In the debates, tax reform came up all the time. I was actually taking tax law that semester.
Q You come from a long line of journalists.
I think my first real exposure was through my mother and grandmother. I see them as groundbreakers.
My grandmother graduated from Chestnut Hill College, started out as a copygirl and then became a well-respected high-school sports reporter. That's how she met my grandfather, who was a high-school coach. In her early 40s, she went to law school when my mother and my uncle were in high school.
My mother graduated from Georgetown, then worked in New York covering the NFL. Then my parents moved to Philadelphia and she was a health-care reporter [including a stint at the Daily News]. Her focus was covering AIDS at a time when very few people knew about it.
Q You interned at WXPN in college. You have a secret rock 'n' roll side! OK, give me a recommendation.
I've been listening to Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit, and now they're becoming so popular. Of course, I also listen to the local heavy-metal band Enemy Eternal. My younger brother, Dan Connors, is the lead singer.
Q You also interned at the "Today" show. What era were you? Matt and Katie? Matt and Meredith?
I was there with Matt and Katie. Katie Couric took the time to sit down with the interns privately. She had initially started as a producer and was working off air, but decided she wanted to be on air because she wanted to put her name on her story. That struck a chord with me because you are accountable for the stories that you report.
When I was an intern at Channel 10, I thought I wanted to be a producer. But then I remembered this conversation with Katie Couric.
Q TV news is an itinerant gig. It's rare people get to stay in the same spot like you have with Philadelphia.
Being a reporter and now anchor here is a privilege. Honestly, once a week, I'll go out on a story and I'll see someone I know from another walk of life.
I don't think a day goes by I don't talk to my parents about the stories I'm working on.