/// Information Diet: Joel Hyatt

June 1, 2012  |  Media Week

Specs Age 62 Accomplishments Co-founder and CEO of Current Media ; former National Finance Chair for the Democratic Party Base New York and San Francisco What’s the first information you consume in the morning? The first thing I do in the morning is reach over to my BlackBerry and check my emails. Then I turn on Bill Press and Stephanie Miller, who anchor our 6 a.m.-to-noon block on Current. What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table? I don’t want to have the interference of noise and what have you—I actually try to speak to my wife and be human for a few minutes before I go back into my information overload. What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus? Work! When I’m in California, I have a terrific 35-minute drive from my home to the office, and I get a lot of my best ideas either in the shower or on that drive. I do keep NPR on, or I’m on the phone, I hate to say. Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet? I don’t have enough available time to be a TV junkie. I try to make a point to watch Current’s prime-time shows, and that takes a good chunk of time. I also watch things like Mad Men , The Borgias and Boardwalk Empire . I also watch both MSNBC and CNN on occasion, partly because it’s important to know what the competition is doing and how they’re doing it. Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning? I’ll occasionally tune into the monologues on Letterman or Leno or try to catch a few minutes of Jon Stewart, but it’s very irregular. Typically I do a final check of email and Twitter, then when I get in bed, I pick up a book.

Information Diet: Joel Hyatt

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