’60 Minutes’ producer Ira Rosen to discuss new book at JCC festival
INDIANAPOLIS – Currently, the Jewish Community Center is hosting its 23rd annual “Ann Katz Festival of Books and the Arts”.
The month-long event highlights award-winning authors, films and art events. This year the festival is virtual due to the ongoing pandemic. For people planning to see multiple events, the JCC offers a festival pass for $ 30.
On Thursday, October 28, CBS4 This Morning host Angela Brauer will host one of the discussions. She will question the elder 60 minutes producer Ira Rosen, who recently wrote a book titled Ticking clock. Throughout it, Rosen details her relationships with famous correspondents like Mike Wallace, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric.
“This book is really about journalism in its heyday, in so many ways. It’s a period from 1980 to 2020, ”Rosen said. “Many memoirs of journalists, big stars, coat a lot of things. They don’t reflect on their own mistakes. They are not honest with their colleagues.
In her book, Rosen doesn’t hold back.
“The pressure to climb this reward stage and create epic television was insane and unreal. The verbal harassment that I suffered from Mike Wallace and other big names in television was, in a nutshell, criminal, ”he wrote. “But I endured all the abuse, partly out of fear, but mostly out of ambition. I loved being a 60 Minute Producer, and if that meant being scolded or humiliated, I took the treatment as part of the job description.
Rosen also shared how he and his colleagues secured exclusive stories for the network. He spoke about his travels around the world and how he was almost kidnapped in Pakistan. There was an entire chapter on how he wooed John Gotti and other infamous thugs. At one point, Rosen details his talks with Tom Brady, a lawmaker accused of defrauding the tax system, and his relationship with Steve Bannon.
“We used to do something called airport roulette where I was going to the airport, I would throw my credit card on the ground and say ‘Next flight out’. I was going to a town to read the newspapers. If there was an interesting story, I would stay. If there wasn’t, I would go back to the counter and say ‘Next flight out’, “he told CBS4.
Lev Rotherberg, JCC Director of Arts and Education, previewed some of the other events, including the October 30 screening of several Heartland Film Festival shorts. People will be able to watch Your street, which won the grand prize for best documentary short.
On November 1, festival attendees will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session with Leah Garrett, author of X Troop: Secret Jewish Commandos of WWII.
There are events throughout the month of November. Next, for the festival’s final feature film, the JCC will host an in-person and virtual event with Joshua Jay. Jay is a magician and former illusion consultant for Game Of Thrones. He played on Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with James Corden.
Rotherberg hopes people will enjoy this year’s festival.
“If you are not entertained, you are not open to other things. But I also want them to be educated. I want them to be inspired, ”he said.
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