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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 Natali Del Conte

If you want to get a tech-geek's heart racing, just mention CNET's Natali Del Conte. 

As the tech correspondent for the CBS Early Show, and host of CNET TV's "Loaded" and their daily podcast, "Buzz Out Loud," she's become the "it girl" of the tech set.   Over 21,000 people follow her many daily tweets and visit her blog, and many more read her work at CNET.   I had the chance to ask her five questions:

1.  You have huge followings on both Facebook and Twitter.  Which do you consider more effective as a marketing tool for your “brand”?

I really don't see them as very separate entities, even though they are two different companies. I send all of my Twitter updates to Facebook as my status. I upload the same photos and information. Facebook is just a more in-depth look into the "brand" that is me. That said, I am not one of those public figures who keeps separate profiles for my personal and public life. I don't really see the point in that. As an Internet reporter, I think that people expect you to live the life you are reporting about and they want to see that. It isn't like on television where no one expects nearly as much authenticity. So I see Facebook and Twitter a way to let people see what I do, what I know in terms of news, and who I really am, for better or for worse.

2. How many pitches do you receive from PR people a day, and what normally catches your eye?

A ton. I've started to get them over Twitter too. I would say I get a few dozen per day unless there is a big conference looming, in which case I get several dozen per hour. It is hard to say what catches my eye but here is what does not: long introduction paragraphs about the state of the industry, positioning so-and-so as someone who can help with sorting it all out. I know the state of the industry. That is my job. I just want to know what you've got. Just the basics. If a pitch email is more than 2 paragraphs long, I guarantee I will not read it.

3. Long term, do you see yourself going beyond technology and getting into general assignment TV or even anchoring?

Yes definitely. I don't think I'll leave tech reporting but I see myself expanding my news coverage to general news. If for no other reason, just to expand my audience and challenge myself.

4. Of all the gadgets you’ve ever reviewed, which one was the single coolest?

That is an unfair question. These gadgets are like my babies. I can't pick a favorite!

5. When you walk into a Best Buy are you mobbed like a rock star?

Not really. I do get recognized a lot in Apple and other electronics stores but sometimes I don't even know it. That is the weird thing about Twitter. I've gone to those stores in my gym clothes before and then see a Twitter from someone saying that they just saw me there. Same for conferences like E3 and CES. Someone will recognize me and Twitter about it, even if they never spoke one word to me. It's kind of funny I suppose but I would prefer that they say hello IRL too. :)

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I had the chance to meet Natali at a celebration for the 1000th episode of Cnet's Buzz Out Loud. I have to say that she was every bit as warm and friendly in person as she is beautiful and intelligent. If anyone reading this brief interview ever does see her in some electronics store, do as she suggests and say 'hi' IRL, don't just tweet about it. You will take away a memory of meeting one of the greatest personalities in tech journalism. I see her career going very far.

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