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It isn’t easy to go head-to-head with the original Money Honey, Maria Bartiromo, but Bloomberg TV’s Trish Regan does it every day on “Street Smart,” from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm without breaking a sweat.A simple internet search will tell you that this award-wining journalist has reported on everything from U.S.-Russian relations, to the illegal marijuana market (“Marijuana Inc.: Inside America’s Pot Industry” was CNBC’s most watched special in history), but that’s just a simple search. We handed her the Clusterstock survey to find out more.
Name: Trish Regan
Hometown: Hampton, New Hampshire
Where did you go to school? Columbia
What was your proudest day at work?: Occasionally, as a journalist, you realise you have an incredible ability to affect the world in a positive way—by helping people who otherwise don’t have a voice. It’s the most rewarding part of doing this job. Two years ago, when swine flu headlines were dominating the news and I was pregnant with my twin daughters, I was told it was critical to my babies’ lives that I get the vaccine. Although pregnant women and children were considered the most vulnerable, not one hospital or doctor in New York had the vaccine. Interestingly, I learned that the NYSE, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley all had the vaccine ready and available for their employees. (Let’s face it, you don’t see a lot of pregnant women and children roaming the hallways at Goldman, why on earth, I wondered, were the banks receiving the vaccines first?) I made some phone calls and was told this was “normal procedure.” I knew this was a story I needed to report and led the Today Show the next morning with the news. The response was tremendous. Within hours, Morgan Stanley called me to say they were donating all 1,000 of their vaccines to a local children’s hospital. By that weekend, clinics were being opened across the city to provide the vaccine to thousands of pregnant women and children, and by early the following week, every hospital in the city—and across the country—had the vaccines.
What was your biggest screw up at work?: Last week I traveled to the Dominican Republic and spent 10 hours travelling off-shore with Richard Branson in his boat, the Necker Belle, for a special we are shooting. Just as we were getting ready to go swimming with whales in the middle of the ocean, I realised I’d forgotten my swimsuit! Fortunately, Richard had a spare wetsuit in just my size on-board.
favourite Book?: Atlas Shrugged
What’s sitting on your nightstand right now? Gillian Tett’s “Fool’s Gold.” My alarm clock, set for 5am (full disclosure: I hit the snooze button twice), and a bottle of water.
What’s your pet peeve? People who take themselves too seriously.
favourite place to be alone? On our boat, in the middle of Lake Winnipesauke in my home state of New Hampshire, admiring the beauty of the water and mountains.
favourite place/person to get advice? My husband. I can ask him anything (no matter how silly) and he still loves me.
What do you eat for breakfast? 1 egg, 1 piece of toast, and a glass of grapefruit juice. Sometimes, I get a little crazy and go for a bowl of muesli.
What’s your favourite way to get some exercise? Hiking in the Andes Mountains—but since those trips are few and far between, running along the Hudson River is my favourite substitute.
Who’s your best friend at work? The Bloomberg Terminal. When news is breaking and you need information fast, trust me, there’s no better friend in the world. The Terminal is always there for me.
Wall Street Journal or Financial Times? WSJ