Kate Snow had everything she needed to travel a very fast track from booker/producer at CNN in 1993 to co-anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend editions, which ABC News will launch next month. She’s a tireless worker, always determined to master her job (and sometimes others’ jobs too), and she’s always looking to challenge herself.
“She is probably the hardest-working, quickest study,” said Jon Banner, the executive producer of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” for which Ms. Snow has served as White House correspondent since last year. That she has “made her mark” in 13 months at the network is “an incredible accomplishment,” Mr. Banner said.
“It makes me smile to see her at the White House,” said Mary Lynn Roper, a former news director who was general manager of Albuquerque, N.M.’s ABC affiliate KOAT-TV when Ms. Snow landed her first on-air job at the Hearst-Argyle-owned station in 1995. Ms. Snow would return to CNN to cover international hot spots as a Newsource correspondent in 1998 but not before proving to those at KOAT that “you could bank on her getting the story right and getting it first,” Ms. Roper said.
Ms. Snow recalled the “pressure cooker” of setting up her own camera and lights, framing her own shots and editing her own stories. “I would write the script on the seat of the car as I was driving back to my office, which was probably illegal,” she said.
She was a congressional correspondent for CNN when ABC hired her last summer to join Terry Moran on the White House beat.
Ms. Snow’s most valuable asset is arguably her husband of nearly five years, Chris Breault, a rock radio deejay who chose to work weekends and spend weekdays with their 19-month-old son, Zachary, giving Ms. Snow the latitude to do her job worry-free. Zachary followed his mother’s travels abroad with President Bush by watching “GMA.”
“The reason I can do what I do is my husband. Period. My husband is the most amazing, supportive, wonderful guy,” Ms. Snow said. “He loves [his routine] and our son loves it. They are best buddies. They’re having a blast. I don’t think it will last forever, and he doesn’t think he can do it forever.”
Ms. Snow ranks her ambition at 9 on a scale of 10, which might be a point lower than some of her competitors.’ “I will never be ambitious if it’s going to hurt someone else,” she said. “I’m very polite. I was raised by Midwestern parents.”
And for all the drive that fueled her fast rise, she is not on a professional timetable and does not always have her eye on the next career prize.
“I’m a perfectionist, and I want to do my job as well as I can and move on to new challenges and go after the biggest story I can,” she said. “But I don’t have a life plan like some people do-which I think is sort of liberating, because I’m not missing deadlines. I’m just really happy with what I’m doing-honestly.”