‘Tired’ Olbermann, Matthews left pregnant reporter to anchor until 2 a.m.

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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CBS’s Norah O’Donnell sat down with the Huffington Post’s Rebecca Shapiro Thursday to talk about her “60 Minutes” interview with Facebook executive COO Sheryl Sandberg.

O’Donnell’s interview centers around Sandberg’s view of feminism in 2013 as she promotes her new book “Lean In.”

In the conversation with HuffPost, O’Donnell revealed some of her own thoughts on women and some of the difficulties she has faced as a television reporter.

“I still think we’re waiting for a women president of a news organization, so there’s a glass ceiling there. And I think there can be more parity in terms of women in executive positions, whether that’s in management or in production,” O’Donnell told Shapiro.

She also shared an anecdote about two of her former MSNBC colleagues, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews and former “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann.

Work-life balance is a topic O’Donnell knows very well. She spoke candidly about feeling “embarrassed” that she had another child 13 months after having twins. She said she worried about being the “pregnant lady at work” and missing out on any opportunities. Instead, O’Donnell worked throughout her pregnancy and covered the 2008 Democratic primary.


“I was on set all day and at midnight [I was told] Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann … were tired and wanted to go home. So then the pregnant lady stayed on until 2 in the morning,” O’Donnell laughed.

O’Donnell went on to say she felt it necessary to make sure she was on to cover the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver to overcome her “embarrassment” while at MSNBC.

(h/t Rebecca Shapiro, Huffington Post Media)

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