Milwaukee Talks: Diane Pathieu, Channel 4 news
OMC: Does reporting make you a better anchor?
DP: I think you shouldn't do the anchoring thing if you've never done the reporting thing.
OMC: How are the weird hours treating you? Do you get used to them?
DP: You don't. They're horrible, there's nothing nice about them, but I've been doing them for eight years. It feels more normal than a 9-5 would. I still get up at 6 or 7 on Saturday and Sunday, but it's not too bad. I'm supposed to go to bed at 8, but I don't go to bed until 9. I sneak in a nap.
OMC: You're very active on Twitter. How is it changing the your job?
DP: When I first started using it, I was really weirded out about it. Who wants to know what I'm doing every minute of the day? Who cares that much? But it's been nine or 10 months and it's really cool. It's so instantaneous, especially if you're working on a deadline. It allows you to be so interactive with your viewers.
OMC: I notice that you'll talk to your competition, which is cool.
DP: It always was a deep, dark secret, but in the field, we always have talked to each other for years and years and years. It's not like we're exchanging trade secrets, but it's good to keep everything nice online.
OMC: Do you get to work any Assyrian into your newscasts?
DP: As much as I can't believe over the years I haven't, I would like to at some point because I'm fluent in it and I probably should. My dad is from Lebanon and my mom is from Syria.
OMC: Is there an Assyrian population in Milwaukee?
DP: Not very much, there are some, but it tends to dominate in really large cities.
OMC: I know you're a bit of a foodie, too ...
DP: Oh yes. When I try to tell people how much I love Milwaukee, I tell people the honest truth: My parents who have never lived anywhere else but Chicago and their native countries, come to Milwaukee to have dinner here. Milwaukee has unbelievable variety, unique flavors -- I can't even tell you how much I love the restaurants here.
OMC: Where do you like to go?
DP: I am a huge fan of the Zarletti family. Anything Bay View has to offer, I'm there. One of my favorites is Café Lulu. I love Honeypie and Trocadero for brunch. For Italian, I love Tenuta's. I have a place for every kind of food I'm in the mood for. It's so terrific here.
OMC: You've been here for five years. Are you recognized everywhere you go?
DP: When I don't have the hair on or the face on, no one recognizes me. I really look like I'm a 17-year-old girl in gym clothes. But when I do get recognized, I appreciate that very much, it means people are watching and loyal.
OMC: Can we expect you stick around Milwaukee for a while?
DP: I haven't figured that out yet. I wish I had a straightforward answer, but the way this business is going, I don't know if anybody can necessarily answer that. To be honest with you, I didn't think I was going to be here this long. I thought I would've been gone after my first three-year contract. When the second one came along, the economy just crashed, and I thought, why would I want to go anywhere else? I'm putting down roots, I'm meeting the city leaders, how things work. Why would I want to start over in these kind of times?
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Very attractive girl but she talks tooooooooooooo much and tooooooooooooo fast!
One of the hottest news chicks in these here parts.
"TMJ has a great reputation for being a very aggressive news station, and I really wanted to work for them." You might want to change that to work for John-David Morgan? Just a thought, since they have so much integrity. Great job TMJ.
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