One in this series in which host William Friday, the president of the University of North Carolina, interviews successful people who reside in or hail from North Carolina. In this edition, Friday talks with the broadcast journalist Miriam Thomas, who discusses the following topics, among others: her love of writing; a typical day as a newscaster; how stories are selected; ABC's interest in the local news; her documentary "Poverty Is a Woman's Face"; the importance of remaining objective and keeping one's emotions separate from one's work; the Associated Press Award that her station, Channel Eleven, received for "Outstanding News Operation"; the competitiveness of the news industry; her parents; her childhood experiences with the children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the technical workers involved in a news program; the immediacy of live television; how topics are chosen for stories; interviewing William Friday; the importance of art, music, and public service; the time constraints of the television industry; the need for newspapers; the insightful attitudes and questions of children; the types of reactions she receives from viewers; her family life; her career aspirations; her advice to young people who wish to get into broadcast journalism; and the people she works with at Channel Eleven.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust in honor of William C. Friday.


  • NETWORK: PBS North Carolina Public Television
  • DATE: May 12, 1995 Friday 8:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:26:46
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:40940
  • GENRE: Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Biography
  • SERIES RUN: UNC-TV - TV series, 1970-2012


  • Bobby Dobbs … Executive Producer
  • Patty Meredith … Producer
  • Cindy Simoni … Director
  • Rod Abernethy … Theme Music by
  • William Friday … Host, Interviewer
  • Miriam Thomas … Guest