Don't miss Monday, January 19th at 12pm EST when we welcome Daryn Kagan to our show. Daryn is an inspiration, successfully transitioning from lead news anchor to entrepreneur!
Daryn was a sports and news anchor with CNN from 1994-2006. She was one of a few women on the national stage covering sports on television, reporting live from events from 1994-1997 that included the Super Bowl, the NBA playoffs, and international figure skating from Russia. At the end of 1997, Daryn became one of CNN's main news anchors, serving as the mid-morning anchor for almost a decade. In this capacity, she traveled the world to report on the stories that have shaped our world today, including war zones in the Middle East, across Africa with U2's Bono, Washington during the DC sniper attacks, and from numerous Academy Awards red carpet events in Los Angeles. Daryn was also the main news anchor on the air live the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and she brought that news of terrorist attacks against the U.S. to millions around the world.
In January 2006, Daryn was faced with what hundreds of thousands of Americans face today -- unemployment. After 12 years with CNN, the network decided not to renew Daryn's contract, which was to end on December 31, 2006. Daryn was also told that she would remain on the air each day until her bosses decided otherwise. For nine months Daryn showed up each day not knowing if that day would be her last on the air. But Daryn was grateful because CNN had given her a gift -- time. As she thought about her 20+ year career in TV news, Daryn started the process of deciding what she was going to do next by first deciding what she wasn't going to do -- continue her career as a national news anchor. It would have been easy for her to go another network, or to one of the morning shows, but Daryn had a dream of creating a media company to covering the types of stories she enjoyed most during her career in TV news -- hopeful news stories that inspire. Daryn took a leap of faith and launched what has become the award-winning DarynKagan.com as the base of her company a mere six weeks after leaving CNN on October 1, 2006.
The interest in DarynKagan.com was immediate, and beyond the hundreds of thousands of users the site had attracted, it gave Daryn the opportunity to quickly extend her brand of inspiring news stories to new platforms. She was soon back on television with her first TV documentary, Breaking the Curse, which ran on PBS in June 2007; the film she was honored with this year's Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary. In April 2008, Meredith Books released Daryn's first book, What's Possible! 50 True Stories of People Who Dared To Dream They Could Make a Difference, which is the first in a series of books that shares stories of everyday people who overcame obstacles (financial, health, etc.) to achieve their dreams. The first chapter of the book is Daryn's own story, a life of TV news, and her career reinvention that led to the creation of her brand if inspiring news and media company. Daryn has been on an extensive book signing/speaking tour for the past six months, sharing stories from her book, her own story of career reinvention, as well as inspiring people around the country to find their own "What's Possible" dreams in their professional lives, which has resonated with many during these difficult economic times. Daryn's next documentary, Solar Town USA, a TV film about Americas first solar village, is set to air on PBS beginning in January 2009.