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ournalist McEwen stars as
news world's jack-of-all-trades
By Jack Schillaci this position, McEwen has been able was a program called "Live By
Daily Arts writer to interview many important enter- Request ... Tony Bennett" for A &
It's 7:00 in the morning. While tainment figures such as Madonna E. McEwen stated that interviewing
most students have not even consid- and Steven Spielberg. One of his Bennett was also enjoyable, as it
d waking up, Mark McEwen is personal favorite interviews was gave him the opportunity to speak to
ready busy with Sidney Poitier. one of his favorite musicians.
co-anchoring "I grew up with him A very unique, playful side of
CBS News' j INTERVIEW I and it was so great McEwen's personality was revealed
" T hh s I to get to interview when he recently made a guest
Morning." But Mark McEwen him," he said. appearance on VH I's "Top 10 Video
this is not the This Mofning McEwen also Countdown." He said that the show's
only opportuni- received the oppor- host, his friend A.J. Hammer, asked
ty to catch the BS WeeSdays at 7 am. tunity to interview him to do it and that their appear-
ja c k - o f - a 11 - politicians during ance together was unscripted and
trades McEwen as he bounces from his tenure in television journalism. unrehearsed.
morning to prime time without a He said interviewing politicians is McEwen also hosts a program on
ment's rest or hesitation. more difficult because they often try the CBS cable network "Eye On
McEwen started his broadcast to slip away from the question. One Cable," called "The Best Of Us,"
career out as a radio disc jockey. As of McEwen's strengths is being able which spotlights everyday heroes in
an avid music listener, he was easily to reword the question just enough extraordinary situations. The pro-
adapted to playing contemporary to make it gram debuted
hits. McEwen DJed in Detroit for a appear new, recently.
while - in the position that shock while at the As for the
jock Howard Stern later filled. same time dri- I "M a rock W' f u t u r e ,
"I'm a rock 'n' roller," McEwen ving at the McEwen has
said in an interview with The same point. roller. left his options
Michigan Daily. McEwen left radio Among his open. He said
become weather reporter on favorite politi- - Mark McEwen he greatly
CBS's "The Morning Program" in cal interviews "This Morning" hoSt enjoys what he
1987 after CBS executives offered was with does now but
him the position. While weather was President Bill would like to
not exactly what McEwen had envi- Clinton. someday host
sioned as his goal in the media In addition to his morning shows, his own talk show. He also said he
industry, he saw it as an opportunity McEwen made forays into specialty would like to do some work for news
to get his foot in the door and his prime-time programming. In programs such as "60 Minutes."
face on the tube. January, he hosted a two-hour CBS McEwen's vast array of experi-
And it paid off. McEwen's musi- documentary titled "Class of 2000" ence has given him the ability to hop
cal knowledge and exceptional inter- that examined the hopes and dreams seamlessly from one situation to
wing abilities got him promoted of the freshman class of Maryland's another. This ability will continue to
10 the position of Entertainment Joppatowne High School. serve him as he skyrockets through
Editor of the show in 1992. From Another of McEwen's specials the field of television journalism.

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