Alexis Glick is an anchor and Vice President of Business News for FOX Business Network, a new network launched in October 2007 offering business news that impacts both Main Street and Wall Street. She anchors two morning shows on the FOX Business Network: Money for Breakfast and Opening Bell. In addition to her anchoring responsibilities, Alexis Glick serves as the Vice President of Business News for the network.
Prior to joining FOX, Alexis was a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show where she co-anchored the third hour of the program. She began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Division. Alexis is a graduate of Columbia University, where she now serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the College Alumni Association. Oh, and she is also the mother of three.
Mommy Tracked had the good fortune of interviewing Alexis Glick about her secrets for managing working motherhood, what it is like to work in a male dominated field and what she thinks of the rumor that her former colleague Katie Couric will be leaving the evening news. Her answers are refreshingly candid. How nice to learn that even the most powerful of anchors enjoy the simple pleasures of chocolate and US Weekly.
Mommy Tracked: How many children do you have? How old are they? What are their names?
Alexis Glick: I have three boys: Logan Sky, who is six; Kyle Grey, who is four, and Slate Hudson who is one.
How many hours a week do you work?
I get in around 4am and finish my shows at 10am. I have management meetings or administrative work related to the show or the network, and I usually leave by early afternoon. But my Blackberry is never off — the news business is a 24-hour job.
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best part is the people I meet and the things I learn. I read a couple hundred pages of research every morning to prepare myself for my two shows. I have met some very fascinating people.
The worst part of my job is the exceptionally early hours. I don't get to see my kids before they go to school and I have to go to bed shortly after they do, around 8pm or 9pm.
Did your mother work? What did she do?
Yes, my mom worked my entire life and still does. She only had a 4 week maternity leave when she had me. She worked on Wall Street and was an assistant to many top executives over the years, including Sandy Weill, Peter Cohen and Bruce Ratner. She is currently an office manager and event planner at Forest City Ratner Enterprises.
You were seven months pregnant when you first began appearing on television. What was it like starting your first TV job while pregnant?
It was wild! I had no training, no knowledge of cameras, television language or prompters. It was exhilarating, scary and memorable.
Before that, you were an executive director at Morgan Stanley. What was it like working in the male-dominated world of Wall Street?
It was fantastic. All my life I was a jock, and working on Wall Street was about being one of the guys. We traded hundreds of millions of dollars and made decisions in seconds.
In fact, everyone who knows me knows that I'm a man in a woman's body. I'm addicted to sports and have played many over the years. My idea of an ideal weekend is watching every NFL game, MLB playoffs and a Saturday Pay-Per-View fight.
What comes after this? Is this the apex of your career?
I don't know. Ever since I left Wall Street and moved to television, my life has not had a clear blueprint. On Wall Street I knew what to expect each year. Now I don't but I'm happy with the unknown and the challenges that lie ahead.
A part of me dreams of one day running a football franchise or being a commissioner of a professional sport. That's why I like Condoleezza Rice. She has similar ambitions.
You used to work at the Today Show. What do you think about the controversy over Katie Couric’s rumored departure from the CBS Evening News?
I got caught up in the rumor mill to replace Katie before she left the Today Show. What everyone didn't know or miscalculated, was that I had only been in TV a little over a year. While I was deeply honored to be in the same sentence as Katie, I could never have lived up to her journalistic experiences at that point in my career.
Katie taught me a tremendous amount. She had the uncanny ability to interview just about anyone: a politician, a business leader, a mother who had just lost her child, with grace and poise and very little advance notice.
I feel that she is being unfairly attacked in the press and that we will look back on Katie's career with great respect and admiration. She is a trailblazer and has never been afraid to take risks.
When I left NBC, there were many rumors and stories written about me and my departure that were not true. I chose to leave the Today Show and NBC because I wanted the opportunity to develop and launch a network with some of the best and brightest minds. It was a risk but it was a calculated risk, just as Katie's decision was a calculated risk.
Why should working moms watch FOX Business?
Because we're real people, connected to the audience, living everyday lives and asking the same questions that anyone would ask. Why do groceries cost more? How much will it cost to educate my child? Can I have it all? How do I achieve work/life balance?
This network is very important for women. Women control the vast majority of discretionary income in this country and should have a say in their financial future.
In the very limited amount of free time that you have, what Web sites do you visit? What television shows do you watch?
I visit FOXBusiness.com and check in on my blog called The Glick Report and I also read Marketwatch, WSJ.com, ESPN.com and CNNMoney.
My favorite TV shows are American Idol, Prison Break, 24, The Wire, occasionally The Bachelor and Criminal Minds. But let's be real — my first love is watching sports!
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Do you ever have time for it?
My guiltiest pleasure is eating chocolate and I do it every day. My next guiltiest pleasure is getting a massage with my husband.
Do you have a date night with your husband? Do you find time to keep the romance going when you are juggling so much?
Yes, we love to eat and go to the movies. We find time in the late afternoons because date nights, given my work schedule, are rarely an option.
Do you travel for your job? How often? Do you try to avoid it when you can or do you consider it the great escape?
I do travel a lot and most times I initiate it. I think it’s important to stay fresh and see the world and also I feel it is my responsibility as a journalist to go to different places and tell the local stories in those towns, villages or cities.
In the past couple of months, I have been to Switzerland, Phoenix, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Chicago, and as we speak, I'm in London.
What do you do when you feel totally overwhelmed?
I read US Weekly, People Magazine, listen to my iPod or go see a movie. My favorite place to relax is at my beach house on Long Island, New York.
Describe your worst working mom moment.
The worst day is always the first day back after my maternity leave.
One thing that I felt strongest about when I first got pregnant was that I was going to breastfeed my children. I breastfed each child for at least ten months even though I had to go back to work at four months for Logan and Kyle and two months for Slate. I pumped in bathroom stalls on the NYSE floor, in office buildings, in airports and in boardrooms.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received about balancing work and family?
Make it a MUST! There is nothing more important than your family. Nothing! Work will always be there but your children will grow up and the time will pass before your eyes.
What would you do if you had more time?
Have more kids!
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