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He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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Five Questions for NY1's Pat Kiernan

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers wake up to Pat Kiernan every morning ... sorta.

As the anchor of NY1's morning news program, Pat is one of the most recognizable -- and beloved -- TV personalities in the New York market.

How well liked is he? Well, even www.gawker.com has nice things to say about Pat, calling him "the best newsman in the world," and imploring him to run for president. Wrote Gawker:

"His is the gentle face we all see first thing in the morning, easing us into the day with good cheer and sobriety. He reads from the city's newspapers in a soothing 8-minute segment every morning called "In The Papers," which has captivated thousands and thousands of people. It's really quite impossible to explain to outsiders just why Pat Kierna is the greatest newsman in New York ..."

This week, Pat launched the national version of his popular "In the Papers" segment at www.patspapers.com. Brian Stelter of the New York Times wrote about it on Monday, and I had a chance to chat with Pat about launching the new site.

1. Are the same forces that are impacting newspapers -- free content online, google, craigs list etc -- also impacting local broadcast news, or is it an apples to oranges comparison?

It's a little bit of both. In the "apples to oranges" category, we know that people don't consume TV news in the same way they consume printed news. There are times when you want to sit down for half an hour and be entertained and informed by a newscast without having to interact with it. That audience remains. But like newspapers, there's some of the audience that television is losing. People who are looking for a specific, quick hit of information have better ways to get it now. Craig's List is a perfect example of something that works better online (and for free) than it did in print. Broadcast has its own examples of that. We used to write a lot of teases within a newscast to the effect of "You won't believe what Britney Spears did --- find out after the break." You write that now and half of
your audience just walks over during the break to google Britney Spears.

2. Why have you decided to extend your brand to a national audience with pats papers?

I'm conscious of the brand building aspect of patspapers.com, but it's really been motivated, for me, by the product. People come up to me in New York with remarkable frequency and say how much they love the NY1 "In the Papers" segment. I've often thought there was an opportunity for someone to
do it on a national scale and realized a couple of years ago that the internet was the perfect place for it.

3. As someone who reads dozens of newspapers a week, do you see a day when most daily papers will be online only? Do you think the cutbacks in the media industry will ultimately impact the quality of reporting?

I'm a bad guy to ask the "online only" question because I still love holding the paper in my hand. I find that to be a much better reading experience than clicking through web pages and waiting for them to load. People who are younger don't seem to have that love of newsprint so there may be a generational shift coming. As far as quality of reporting goes: yes, there will be an impact. Newspapers do much more original local reporting than TV and radio stations. And few bloggers truly "report" a
story. If newspapers can't figure out a business model then some of their reporting goes away.

4. Do morning shows have a different connection to their viewers than the evening news?

Along the lines of the point I made before, morning news shows are more resistant to the online news trend. You want a morning show you can turn on for half an hour in the background while you're getting dressed. It's a time of day when you have little interest in interactivity. And you've been sleeping so you've not been exposed to many of the stories. Evening newscasts have a disadvantage now because people have been sitting at work all day clicking on the stories that the newscasts have traditionally been the first to report.

5. Do you ever get used to the early mornings?

No. Even though it's my routine now to be up at 3 am it never gets easier. And I never have any trouble sleeping in on Saturday.

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Pat's Papers is my favorite part of the news. It's my secret little news hijack helper and it's been golden. I appreciate and welcome any segment that allows me to read less. Did I mention books are overrated?

thanks for posting this nick...pat's web site is very cool, esp for a media junkie like me

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