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Get to Know Madeline & Charles: AT&T News Anchors

Did you know that AT&T has it’s own award-winning newscast? With video leading the way, many companies have jumped to creating video content for internal communications. At AT&T, we’ve created our own internal news show, Around the Globe, with company-wide updates going out twice a week. In 2014, we won PR Daily’s Video Award for Best Internal Communications Video.

The best part – it’s co-anchored by 2 talented AT&T employees. Get to know Madeline Littrell and Charles Bassett, who ensure that employees are kept up to speed with the many things happening around the company.

Five things about Madeline:

  1. Madeline was singing publicly by age 4. At first, her genre was rhythm and blues. She now prefers country.
  2. She earned degrees in digital media, theater and broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles – and still managed to graduate in less than four years.
  3. Madeline is a self-described perfectionist. “One show in particular I messed up someone’s name and swallowed. In 2½ minutes, I made two major mistakes and that was the take we went with. I’ve improved a lot over the three months – and I have a ways to go.”
  4. Besides her anchoring duties, Madeline excels in her role as Sr. Public Relations Manager where she edits all press releases, blog posts, and external communications under the AT&T brand. She also oversees language research and brand perception studies to help drive AT&T’s communications strategy. Her passion for communication extends into the “Words Matter” language workshops where she teaches clear and persuasive writing for communicators.
  5. Madeline enjoys hearing from other employees about Around the Globe. Some comment on stories. Others offer fashion advice. “I received so many Qs and email messages. I read and save all of them because I’m cheesy like that. It’s been really exciting to get in on the ground floor of a new project.

Five things about Charles:

  1. Charles spent 18 years reporting and anchoring for television news stations in five states before joining AT&T.
  2. Nonetheless, he still gets slightly anxious when the camera’s red light goes on. “The minute you don’t feel nervous, you need to start worrying. That nervousness keeps you on your toes.”
  3. Raised in Bentonia, Miss., (population 500) Charles left the day after his 18th birthday for a career in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the first Gulf War.
  4. One reason Charles likes working on Around the Globe is that he learns along with the viewers. “Like that Service Escalation Program. I can use that. I’ve got people coming up to me all the time.”
  5. Charles’ day job involves working with newspaper and television reporters in the North Texas area. But he’s happy he’s found a way to use his well-honed anchoring skills. “I’m just surprised, because I thought I’d gotten out of this business. But Around the Globe is something new and exciting and I really want to put the best product out there for AT&T employees."

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