Life in the Wrong Lane: Why Journalists Go In When Everyone Else Wants Out
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Featured in Publishers Weekly, "In the Studio" April 9, 2018.
Written by Greg Dobbs, a three-time Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News, "Life In the Wrong Lane" is his firsthand account of the funny, scary, stupid, dangerous, distasteful, unwise, and unbelievable things journalists experience just getting to the point of reporting a story...adventures that possibly are even more interesting than the stories being covered, but which never become a part of the reported stories themselves. Greg reads his own stories with the humor, empathy and enthusiasm that only someone who has been there could muster.
For news junkies, "Life in the Wrong Lane" will show you what it takes for correspondents to get to the news and to get the story once they’re there. The title gives you the first glimpse. "Life In the Wrong Lane" is where journalists live—in the one lane heading toward a catastrophe while everyone else is in the other lanes—getting out.
Greg Dobbs has covered news in more than 80 countries and in 49 states. He tells tales from the Soviet Union and Saudi Arabia, Beirut and Budapest, Egypt and Afghanistan, Uganda and Iran, Sudan and Salt Lake City (the execution of Gary Gilmore). He also relates adventures from Poland and Northern Ireland, Yemen and Libya, and the native American occupation of Wounded Knee. The events are a part of history. Today, correspondents at home and abroad are doing the very same things he has done for decades: living life in the wrong lane.
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From Wounded Knee to Warsaw, from Northern Ireland to the Middle East, veteran newsman Greg Dobbs shares a career’s worth of adventures and misadventures in one of the best jobs on Earth: network correspondent. If you’ve ever wondered what happens right before the camera goes on or after it’s turned off, this is the book for you. —Dan Rather, former new anchor for CBS Evening News
Greg Dobbs could always be counted on to get the story no matter how tough or dangerous the conditions…and now he lays out how he did it. It’s all here—the humor, heartache and zest for a good story as experienced by one of television’s premier news correspondents. —Sam Donaldson, ABC News
I always wondered what it was like for foreign correspondents when they were not in front of a camera. Now I know. Mr. Dobbs really paints the good along with the ugly in such a way that you feel like you are there with him. I highly recommend!