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Paralegal Recalls First Job: Working for Walter Cronkite

Paralegal Recalls First Job: Working for Walter Cronkite

Peggy Occhipinti, a paralegal since 1983 for Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Las Vegas, has an unusual right-out-of-college job experience: she worked as a production assistant for Walter Cronkite on the “CBS Evening News” in the early 70s.

While she recalls her idol Cronkite startling her by using a rare expletive her first night on the job, she describes him as a generous mentor who “taught me that no matter how important you are, no matter how famous you might be, if you love what you do, you get your hands dirty in the trenches.”

Jane Morrison’s column “Respectful, hard-working — that’s the way Cronkite was, Las Vegan recalls” is a great read, not only giving readers an insider’s description of a great American journalist, but sharing the interesting story of a Nevada legal professional who was a part of journalism history and sampled an eclectic mix of vocations before settling into a successful long term career as a paralegal. Occhipinti currently works in the litigation department of Lionel Sawyer & Collins.

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