Next Gen 2012: News

2012-40 FEA NextGen News P IPAD
Austin Hargrave

ABC News' Mary Bruce and MSNBC's Mike Yarvitz.

Bright young things? Bring 'em on, as The Hollywood Reporter recognizes the 35 superstars 35 and under who are moving up fast (and having fun) in film, TV, digital, law and news.


ABC News, White House Producer

Combing the streets of Colombia for prostitutes to interview might sound more like the domain of a crime reporter. But that's exactly what the Washington University grad was doing in spring 2011 during the height of the Secret Service scandal (when agents allegedly were communing with prostitutes). More recently, the soon-to-be married D.C.-born producer has been on the campaign trail as part of the pack traveling with President Obama.

Big Break: ABC News Radio's Ann Compton recommended I apply for a job as an ABC news desk assistant. She said it wasn't glamorous but would get my foot in the door. It did.

Best Advice: [ABC News'] Jake Tapper said, "A neck pillow is your best friend on the campaign trail."

Biggest 2012 Accomplishment: I caught the hot-mic moment between President Obama and Russian President Medvedev. I discovered the audio of Obama saying he would have "more flexibility" to deal with controversial issues like missile defense after the election.

Can't-Miss TV: I'll admit it: Revenge.

Online Obsession: Facebook. It makes me feel like I have a social life.

Lunch Spot: Anywhere that is not a press bus/plane, preferably a meal that isn't shrink-wrapped.


MSNBC, Senior Producer, The Rachel Maddow Show

Yarvitz, 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:

When I'm Not Working I'm: At a coffee shop in Lower Manhattan, pretending I'm not working while covertly working.