Rita Cosby returned to her alma mater, the University of South Carolina, Monday. Cosby, who graduated with a journalism degree from USC in 1989, worked in local television news and went on to host her own shows on both and on MSNBC. She is now a correspondent for CBS and "Inside Edition." Her work has taken her all over the world.
"I've had the pleasure of meeting a lot of folks from Slovadom Milosovic, former Yugoslav leader who people equated to the modern day Hitler, Yasser Arafat, Arial Sharon," Cosby said, "lots of U.S. presidents as well, all the way to Mike Tyson and Michael Jackson." "Life has definitely not been boring."
Cosby participated in ICOMM week, sponsored by the University of South Carolina's school of Journalism and Mass Communications. She met with broadcast journalism students and spoke at a ICOMM session about her career and about her new book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father's Past.
The book is about her father who was a resistance fighter in Poland during the World War II. She says she didn't know about her father's past until a few years ago. Cosby convinced her father to return to Poland with her, a place he had not visited since the war There he was reunited with other resistance fighters he hadn't seen since the war.
"When I found out that their were very few uprisers, and my father was a part of the Warsaw Uprisers in 1944,"Cosby said, "I felt a sense of duty that it was important to share this story."
Cosby says she loves coming back to USC and giving advice to young journalists. Her main point is to never give up.
"Don't get intimidated. I know it is as tough market place and I know it is a very tough profession," she says, "I really believe if you love it, and you are willing to work hard, you'll get it."