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Pepper has helped bring in more than half of the current 100-person staff of 60 Minutes, a group that CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager says has "made 60 much stronger journalistically."
When Fager became chairman of CBS News in early 2011, he tasked Pepper, a Queens native, with applying the 60 philosophy -- to make every job, from booker to production assistant, a reporting job, too -- to the rest of the news division. In just over two years, she has hired 30 journalists.
"We've hired lawyers looking for a career change, a former NYPD investigator, print journalists and, most recently, an Iraqi refugee," says the married mother of two, who got her start as a page assigned to CBS Evening News after graduating from the University of Michigan.
IF I WEREN'T IN THE NEWS INDUSTRY: I'd be a lawyer, wishing I were a journalist.
FAVORITE MOVIE: American President
IF I'M NOT WORKING: I'm probably driving my kids around town.
BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
POWER DRINKS SPOT: Stone Rose Bar, because you can't beat the view of Central Park with a nice glass of wine.
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