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Melinda Arons (C’98)

Chief Political Producer, ABC News’ Nightline

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Melinda Arons

Arons appreciates the caliber of the students Georgetown attracts and the network of graduates it produces. At Georgetown, she learned to “deal with important people,” which would become a necessary skill during her career in journalism. Here, Arons reflects on the power of storytelling, its ability to inspire people and its importance in politics. She describes the experience of working at Fox News on Sept. 11 and her responsibilities as chief political producer for ABC News’ Nightline, which include overseeing long-form “Day in the Life” interviews.

Upon graduating in 1998, Arons moved to London to work for the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). In 1999, she moved to New York and took a job as a production assistant at Fox News Channel and worked for primetime shows such as Hannity & Colmes. In 2001, Arons became a booker for Good Morning America at ABC News, where she covered the aftermath of Sept. 11. Arons became an ABC off-air reporter in 2004, when she covered the presidential election for the ABC Political Unit. In the summer of 2004, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for Ted Koppel at Nightline and continued to cover the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and George W. Bush. In 2006, Arons covered the midterm elections and produced the first network long-form television piece, which followed then-Senator Obama as he campaigned on behalf of midterm candidates. In addition to interviewing political candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani, Arons has produced entertainment profiles of Will Ferrell, Jay-Z and Clint Eastwood.

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