An aviation and regulation correspondent from CNN...

Lizzie O'Leary

My name's Lizzie O'Leary, and I'm a correspondent for CNN.

Could you tell us about your charity?
I'm playing for 826DC, and they do after-school tutoring and teach creative writing and sort of creative expression to kids.

What impact would $50,000 have on your charity?
Well, I wanted to play for a charity like 826 because it's in my neighborhood, it's pretty small, and to me, even the minimum for them makes a huge difference. So, you know, there are kids who put out two books already. This could fund another book!

Will your experience as a journalist give you an advantage?
God, I hope so. Um, more importantly, my mother made us eat with those eat-'n'-learn read-a-mats as little kids, so, like, I had the presidents on one, and state capitals on another. Like that. Hopefully that will help.

"She broke the news that Chrysler would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In 2012, she joined CNN as the newly created aviation and regulation correspondent. Please welcome..."

2012 Power Players Week player (2012-05-14).

Playing for 826DC.

Lizzie O'Leary is CNN's aviation and regulation correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. O'Leary reports on all facets of U.S. transportation, including air, rail and maritime, in addition to covering the many agencies in Washington that have a daily impact on the lives of Americans.

Prior to joining CNN, O'Leary was a D.C.-based correspondent for Bloomberg Television, where she covered politics and economic policy. In that role, she led coverage of the Gulf Coast oil disaster and reported on the global credit crisis, the housing market and the government's financial rescue package. In 2010, she interviewed U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during a trip to Mumbai, India. She was also first to break the news that major American automaker Chrysler would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Previously, O'Leary was producer and reporter for National Public Radio. She got her start in journalism at ABC News, where she was a member of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered the terror attacks of September 11th.

O'Leary earned her master's degree with honors from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and graduated cum laude with her bachelor's degree from Williams College.

Lizzie appeared in the following archived game:
#6376, aired 2012-05-14 Chris Matthews vs. Lizzie O'Leary vs. Robert Gibbs 2012 Power Players Week game 1. From DAR Constitution Hall...

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