The Pros And Cons
Of Newsroom Romances
The Pros And Cons Of Newsroom Romances
There’s nothing quite like a harrowing wildfire, a helicopter ride over an oil spill, or standing outside a crime scene at 2 a.m. to bring two people together. Newsroom romances are very common, and chances are you’ve at least considered dating a colleague.
While some people in the industry have choice words for office romances—like the gag-worthy “don’t sh*t where you eat” phrase. The truth is, not many eligible bachelors will understand the wear and tear, demanding schedule, and unique nature of the TV news industry like a co-worker would.
While a boyfriend who works in finance may get fed up with your morning show shift, a beau in the news world will likely be more understanding.
In fact, many newsroom romances have evolved into happy marriages.
CBS This Morning Anchor Tony Dokoupil is married to MSNBC Live Anchor Katy Tur. They both shared their hilarious work-from-home setup at the start of the pandemic. The couple, who married in 2017, each had their own mini-studio set up in the basement, complete with a teleprompter.
Meanwhile, Chicago newswoman Erin Ivory proudly states in her WGTV Facebook bio “Married to the weatherman.” She and her husband, Demetrius Ivory, met on the job. They now have four kids together.
But not all colleagues-turned-couples have a happy ending. Whether you’re on-air, or behind the scenes, the end of a red hot romance can turn the workplace uncomfortably cool. This can be said in any industry but, especially in a career where everyone knows everyone and diva personalities are common.
The aftershocks of a split can have serious ramifications.
Say, for instance, you see a colleague for a couple dinner dates, but
then a new hire comes along and checks all your boxes. Leaving the anchor for the weatherman could come back to haunt you in the form of getting your reel rejected at a future dream job.
It’s petty, but be wary of the egos that come with this industry. Remember that hurt feelings may lead to missed opportunities down the road.
Another reason to pause is the possibility of your relationship interfering with you work. For example, you are a reporter and you start dating the photographer you’re assigned to everyday. If things go south between you, that may require an awkward conversation with your news director about reassignment. Or, at the very least, your shift just got really uncomfortable.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide if the romance is worth the risk. If your colleague strikes you as someone you could see a future with, or connects with you in a special way, why not take that leap? You never know where it could lead.
However, if you’re simply looking for a booty call, keep in mind the potential discomfort, or rocky road ahead, should things end.