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Yarvitz, 30, a Boston native, started at MSNBC in 2004 as a production assistant. Eight years later, he is a senior producer at the network's top-rated program and the primary writer of Maddow's A-block. Notes TRMS executive producer Bill Wolff: "The show's signature thing is its blowout, super-thorough first block write-through. And Mike does that."
INDUSTRY MENTOR: Bill Wolff.
BIG BREAK: Hurricane Katrina. An enormous world-changing story plus an undersize staff equals a thrust into a producing job I wasn't qualified for.
BEST ADVICE: "Find a good story, tell it well, and the rest will take care of itself." -- Professor Frank Currier.
10 YEARS AGO: Studying broadcast journalism at Syracuse University, wondering if I'd ever get a job in TV.
BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: Getting nominated for a second Emmy and then losing. Thanks a lot, Anderson Cooper!
MOVIE FIX: Good Will Hunting. You can take the guy out of Boston, but you can't take Boston out of his DVD player.
ONLINE OBSESSION: PoliticalWire.com.
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING I'M: At a coffee shop in Lower Manhattan, pretending I'm not working while covertly working.