The Washington Post’s Libby Copeland has an interview with Daryn Kagan…
(The greatest bias among newspeople is an -ism that has nothing to do with politics. It’s cynicism and it’s a source of pride for many. Kagan says that when word got around CNN that she was going to start a Web site focused exclusively on the warm and fuzzy, colleagues approached her to confess that they, too, dug those kinds of stories. It was almost like they were “coming out of the closet,” she says.)
Kagan, 44, says that when she found out CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein wouldn’t be renewing her contract after 12 years, she took it as a sign.
“Sitting in that office, it felt like someone else speaking through Jon Klein, just saying it was really time,” Kagan says from her home in Atlanta, which also serves as her studio. For a few months, “I had my sad,” she says, employing one of several unique phrasings her friends call D.A.K.-isms, for her initials. But she had always been “spiritual,” and she came up with the idea of starting this Web site. She also decided to hold a nurturing weekend she calls “Soulspa,” and that “helped me out of my sad.”
Launched last November, DarynKagan.com is in between advertising sponsors and is not yet turning a profit. Kagan views this as “all part of the journey,” and she’s already visualizing her pot of gold. She plans to shop a book proposal soon and she thinks her message is a natural for radio, TV and cellphone content. She has a publicist and a part-time staff of six. She’s been giving paid speeches about reinvention, a topic she has come to know well.
Kagan refers to her optimistic ethos as a form of spirituality, but takes pains to talk about it separately from her Jewish upbringing. She points out that her Web site is not affiliated with any religion.