David Evans ‘09
Producer, "Squawk Box"
I had no interest in 'commerce' when I enrolled at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. I wanted to study defense policy and work at a think tank in Washington. I only added international commerce as a minor because I had no background in business or economics, and thought I should shore up that part of my resume. I never imagined that in a few short years, I'd be speaking to world leaders, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and Nobel-prize-winning economists as part of a global television news network.
After an internship with the Department of Defense fell through, I scrambled to find a backup. I then spent three months interning at cable news channel, CNBC, doing research and logging videotape … and I was hooked.
My undergraduate journalism degree made me a good candidate for a TV production job. My masters-level classes in economics, statistics and global commerce from Patterson made my resume stand out from the pack. I received an offer from CNBC about a week after graduation, packed my suitcase, and left for New York.
I'm now a producer for the morning business show "Squawk Box." The job regularly requires 3 a.m. wake-up calls, short-notice travel, quick decision-making, and the ability to multi-task under pressure. The Patterson School was the crucible that trained me to withstand the pressures of sleep deprivation, stress, and defending my decisions. Before I started this job, I already had months of practice learning complex ideas in a short amount of time.
A career highlight was covering the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. I coordinated interviews and attended cocktail parties with many of the big thinkers I had studied at the Patterson School. (I had flashbacks to the Protocol & Etiquette dinner training event!)
I'm grateful to the Patterson School for giving me a leg up in a tough job market, for teaching me complex ideas (efficacy probabilities of economic sanctions) as well as practical skills (writing briefing memos), and preparing me for the rigors of a demanding – and exciting – career.