Jeffrey Toobin
Legal Analyst, CNN
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Jeffrey Toobin Goes Behind the Scenes at CNN

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Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993 and the senior legal analyst for CNN, is one of the most recognized and admired legal journalists in the country.

His most recent book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, was published in the fall of 2007. The book spent more than four months on the New York Times best-seller list and was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, and the Economist. The Nine also received the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Non-fiction and the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association.

Toobin joined CNN in 2002 after six years with ABC News. In 2000, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.  Before joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer’s First Case: United States v. Oliver North.

Jeffrey Toobin received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1982, and, in 1986, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He lives in Manhattan.

Transcript

Jeffrey Toobin: The way it works usually is, I mean, the sort of mechanics of how it works is they have a story meeting with the executive producers and they say, “Okay, well let’s have Toobin on the FLDS.” And then, a booker will call me and will just arrange the logistics. And then, I’ll talk to a producer who… The producer and I will go back and forth about what’s important to talk about. You know, we’ll talk about the substance. And then shortly before the show, I will often to Campbell or Anderson about how we want to do something. So that’s the mechanics of how it works, because, you know, a lot of television is sort of moving the logistical beast, you know, sort of getting the people to the right time, time and place. And if you’re… it’s easy to let that take over everything else. And I always try to make sure that I have substantive conversations with the people involved about what we’re actually talking about in the news, not just, you know, what set are you going to use, where you’re going to go get make up and all that stuff which tends to take up a lot of time.


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