Alexis Glick, Fox Business Channel - Hot List 2007
Title: Director of business news, Fox Business Channel
Date of birth: Aug. 7, 1972
Place of birth: Manhattan
Big break: While running operations for Morgan Stanley, Ms. Glick appeared regularly on various television shows. After an appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box," she received a crumpled-up piece of paper with a message on it to call David Friend, executive producer of CNBC. When they met for breakfast on Christmas Eve morning 2002, Mr. Friend asked Ms. Glick to join "Squawk Box" full-time. She did so six months later.
Who knew?? Ms. Glick was an all-city basketball player in New York, a shooting guard who averaged about 22 points per game and scored a high of 35.
Do a Google search on Alexis Glick and you enter the land of drooling men who see a babe. But here's what she sees: a sports buff, a challenge seeker, a makeup-averse wife and mother of three sons, a career woman who e-mails herself at 3 a.m. so she'll remember ideas she had for the nascent Fox Business Channel during late-night feedings.
Her lawyer father took a pay cut to become a music manager and advocate for artists' rights. Her mother was a secretary at Shearson Lehman, now Lehman Brothers. So Ms. Glick grew up hanging around backstage at rock concerts and the empire of former Shearson and Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill.
After starting as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and moving up the ladder at Morgan Stanley, where she headed the New York Stock Exchange floor operations and was one of the youngest women to become executive director, she was hired by CNBC to report from the floor of the NYSE.
A year later, after she had taken time off for the birth of her second son, she joined "Today," first as a contributor and then as a featured player. It was there she learned how to read a TelePrompTer and translate off-camera jargon.
"Was it a fast move? Was it a crash course? It was, but I'm all about a challenge," she said. "My dad said, 'When you feel like your learning curve is flat, you probably need to do something different.'"
Her higher profile on "Today" cast her as a potential successor to Katie Couric, but instead Meredith Vieira was hired to co-anchor with Matt Lauer, and Ms. Glick left NBC News.
She was hired in September as director of business news for Fox News, where she quickly took to Chairman-CEO Roger Ailes, Business Managing Editor Neil Cavuto and Executive VP Kevin Magee.
She is involved in developing the defining vision, mission, look and programming for Fox Business Channel, which is expected to launch in the fourth quarter.
In many ways, Ms. Glick herself defines an audience the channel will target. Her husband, Oren, owns Shoot Digital, a photography, post-production and ad business with clients like Estee Lauder, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
They have eschewed his-and-hers bank accounts in favor of "our" accounts. They don't sock away as much money in savings as her grandmother did, but they do put money into plans that ensure education for the children.
They also believe "you've got to live a little bit in the moment," she said.
That's one reason Ms. Glick thinks she's a good fit at Fox.
"It's a dynamic environment," she said. "You walk in and you just don't know -- is this going to be the best day of your life? Is this going to be the worst day of your life?"
At Fox, she said, "There's nothing they're afraid to do.
"This is the most exciting job I ever had."
- Hot List 2007: Introduction
- Josh Barry, ABC
- Sean Cohan, A&E
- Janus Friis, Joost
- Chris Grant, Reveille
- Silvio Horta, 'Ugly Betty'
- Ron Lamprecht, NBC Universal
- Maria Menounos, 'Access Hollywood'
- Katherine Pope, Universal Media Studios
- Andrea Ross, Agent
- Hot List 2006: A Look Back