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Michael Bair - Executive Vice President, Spectrum Networks: We're in major markets across the country and our goal is to be the number one news brand in every single one of those markets.
Karen Male - Executive Producer, Spectrum News: There's a lot of comradery and support for each other.
Ashleigh Correa - Master Control Operator, SportsNet: I feel like every time I talk about it, everyone's like, "You sound like you love your job."
Paul Orszag - Business Analyst, Spectrum Networks: At Spectrum Networks allows you the opportunity to succeed and also reach your potential.
Tamani Wooley - Anchor/Reporter, Spectrum News Albany: You could absolutely achieve everything that you want to achieve here at Spectrum Networks. I don't think that I am an exception. I definitely think I'm the rule. [on-air] "Live at noon, four fires in Troy are now deemed suspicious."
Spectrum News Albany is one of Spectrum Networks' 24-hour local news channels
Speaker 6: [on-air] This is Spectrum News at noon.
Tamani Wooley: [on-air] "Welcome to Weekend Buzz." I really love engaging with the community because they're the reason that we're here. We matter to people and it's nice to be able to build that relationship with them.
Karen Male: We are constantly looking to help serve our community. We're the only 24 hour local station.
Speaker 7: [on-air inaudible] "...another big loss."
Spectrum Networks' sports properties include SportsNet and SportsNet LA
Speaker 8: [on-air inaudible] "...being able to handle the ball and make shots."
Dan Finnerty - Sr Vice President & General Manager, Spectrum Sports: We get to work with some of the most iconic franchises in all of sports with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dodgers and the Galaxy and the Sparks.
Ashleigh Correa: If you love sports, you love sports television. This place, Spectrum Networks, would be the best place.
Dan Finnerty: We're actually looking to grow you to be part of our team.
Michael Bair: We actually have quite a few people who've been with the company for more than 20 years, and what's really gratifying to see a number of them start as interns.
Tamani Wooley: I was at the very bottom level and now I'm an anchor reporter. And I host a show.
Paul Orszag: I started here as one of the first interns actually. I was very lucky to have people who really believed in me.
Michael Bair: Nobody's in the position that we have. And so we're ready to seize it, but what we really need are the talented people who recognize that and are willing to kind of go on that journey with us.
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We're focused on sharing stories that resonate with our audiences. Here are just a few of our recent reports.
Homeless in Hollywood
Reporter Itay Hod spent a full 24 hours in a Los Angeles tent city to shed light on the realities and struggles facing those living on the streets.
Itay Hod: We see them almost every day on our way to work and rarely give a second thought to those tent cities.
I'm Itay Hod in Hollywood, where one day I decided to stop and stay for 24 hours; just me, my camera and those people we typically try to avoid.
It's 4:00 on a Thursday afternoon and Judy Velez is heading home.
This is Judy's home, an overpass just above the 101.
Judy Velez: A lot of people don't understand that not all homeless people are bad people. A lot of us are good people.
Itay Hod: In another lifetime, the Velez family had a home in Monrovia, a four-bedroom, three-bath house. Now Judy, her husband, Enrique, and three of their four kids spend their days surviving as best they can. And they're just one family among 60,000 other homeless people in LA County, a number on the rise despite major investment in fighting the problem.
They ended up on the street seven years ago after Enrique was stabbed during a dispute, an incident that left him disabled and sent the family into a downward spiral.
Tonight, Judy and her son, Henry, are heading to a nearby soup kitchen run by the Hollywood Food Coalition.
Crisco Goff: Yes, sir! Name?
Itay Hod: Everyone is welcome here on one condition. You tell Crisco your name. He mans...
Crisco Goff: Eh?
Itay Hod: ... the front door.
Crisco Goff: If you don't want to give us the name, we'll give you one.
Itay Hod: Crisco says he greets up to 250 people, 5 times a week. And for many, this is their only meal of the day.
Crisco Goff: You deal with a lot of mental illness and substance abuse. When I say substance abuse, that goes along with addiction. They can't function in the normal realm of society. They just can't do it.
Itay Hod: Tonight's meal; bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, chicken and couscous, and even a vegetarian option. You might be surprised to learn that food is not their biggest issue, even on days when Judy can't walk the three blocks to the soup kitchen because of her diabetes.
Enter Rosie Hunter. Rosie and her Covenant House Youth Shelter show up four times a week with supplies.
Rosie Hunter: We just kind of like meet them where they are and kind of feed them while they're out in the streets and give them what they need, like hygiene kits, blankets, food.
Itay Hod: After dinner, the Velez family starts setting up camp. Henry has it down to a science. He's gotten used to sleeping on concrete, but it took a while.
Henry Velez: I didn't sleep for two months.
Itay Hod: Imagine putting up your house and then having to take it down every single day. And they're only allowed to put up their tents after 9:00 PM and before 6:00 AM. So, at 6:00 AM, the cops are going to come and they have to pack things up.
While most Americans are watching primetime TV, Judy and Enrique watch the cars go by. Judy says she never thought she'd ever end up here, not in a million years.
Judy Velez: Sometimes I think I'm dreaming. And I said, we had it all. I mean, my bedroom, my bathroom was a jacuzzi inside my bathroom.
Itay Hod: The hardest part? Telling her kids.
Judy Velez: How do you tell your child you're homeless? How do you tell your child you have to sleep behind a trashcan?
Itay Hod: She knows how people look at her. She can feel it. She says if only they could see her for who she is and who she once was.
Judy Velez: People walk by, it's like we're scary or something. We're not. Don't be afraid to say, "Hi."
Itay Hod: Before turning in, Judy calls her daughter, Angel, who's about to give birth.
Judy Velez: How many centimeters are you?
Itay Hod: Is there any joy at all?
Judy Velez: We're together.
Itay Hod: Do you experience joy?
Judy Velez: We're together. That's all that matters.
Itay Hod: It's about midnight. And if you can hear the cars outside, we're literally right on top of the 101 Freeway. There are people walking by. You can hear them as they walk.
This is nothing like camping. It's cold. It's hard. It smells. And it's scary. Life like this is day by day, but this day is going to be great.
Judy Velez: We're going to get some breakfast at Tommy's; the breakfast burritos on-the-go. And then we're going to go see my daughter.
Itay Hod: We're 14 hours into our experience with the Valez family, with another 10 to go.
Brunell profiled Mango, a volunteer who helps Los Angeles firefighters by directing traffic, helping with maintenance and more.
Natalie Brunell: They're LA's bravest, but sometimes even heroes need help. I'm Natalie Brunnel on Skid Row where the nation's busiest firefighters are getting a boost from a very special neighbor. Never far from the busy engines of LA's Fire Station 9 on Skid Row is a guy known by everyone around here, as Mango.
Mango: This is the the mirror wave. This the new mirror wave.
Natalie Brunell: He can often be found wearing an LAFD hat...
Natalie Brunell: ...and a jacket, designating him as the fire traffic officer. He's not an official member of LA City Fire, but when the calls fire off at Station 9, Mango springs into action, just like the crews.
Mango: This is the number one busiest fire station in the nation. These guys are like machines, and I wanted to be a part of number one. Number one is number one. Ready?
Natalie Brunell: The biggest way he knows how to help is clearing a safe path for the fire engines and ambulances to get where they need to go.
Mango: When they pull me in, I stop the traffic, so they can have an ample enough time to get off of the truck, secure themselves...
Natalie Brunell: Sometimes he'll follow the crews on calls and help in other ways, clearing trash away from gutters or rolling up the fire hose.
Mango: I'm just doing my job, and my job is helping out my guys here. Watch out.
Natalie Brunell: Whether it's late at night or early in the day, Mango is there to offer a hand and sometimes even a hug.
Mango: See that form there?
Natalie Brunell: And if you couldn't tell, he has a lot of fun doing it.
Mango: On the green.
Natalie Brunell: The reason Mango is able to get here to help so quickly is he lives right by the station on Skid Row, but he'd prefer you didn't call him homeless.
Mango: I'm houseless. I am my home. My home is here.
Natalie Brunell: Mango says he came to Skid Row in 2016 from Florida, where he owned a car detailing business. Why Skid Row? He says he was drawn here to be of service.
Mango: Wanted to just give a hand. As a spiritual person, I believe I'm led here to make a difference.
Natalie Brunell: To the crews at Fire Station 9, where the calls seemingly never stop, he's made a huge difference.
Alex Anthony, LAFD Firefighter, Station 9: He's super protective of us. If something happens in the district with one of the guys, he's the middleman for some of the people here in Skid Row.
Natalie Brunell: The firefighters wanted to show their appreciation for Mango, so they built him this motorized bike to help them get around. That's him taking it for a spin. Mango has built quite a popular reputation around the fire department.
Alex Anthony: It's funny, guys from other stations will come here and work at 9's and they'll ask, "Oh, where's Mango?"
Natalie Brunell: The admiration is beyond mutual.
Mango: To help these guys, it means a lot. I'm like the sixth man on the basketball team.
Natalie Brunell: All firefighters and fire traffic officers are heroes. And around here, the sweetest one you'll find is Mango.
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