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Oct. 21, 2019

Leigh Ann Caldwell: Stress Reframed, Episode #34, 10-21-19

Leigh Ann Caldwell: Stress Reframed, Episode #34, 10-21-19

What is the best way to deal with day to day stress? In this episode, NBC Political Reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell talks about dealing with stress and gives other valuable tools for success. Leigh Ann deals with adrenaline filled days often. As an NBC Capitol Correspondent who has millions of people watching, tight deadlines and is the mother of two young children, she knows a thing or two about stress. 

Achieving the position of a television correspondent on Capitol Hill is one of the highest levels a journalist can attain. But it didn’t come easily for Leigh Ann and in this episode she shares some of the lessons she learned as a Division 1 scholarship distance swimmer that have helped lead to success today. You'll hear some great stories and get some great tools for dealing with your own stress.

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More about Leigh Ann Caldwell

Leigh Ann Caldwell was a scholarship distance swimmer at NC State University while earning her degree in Communications and Political Science. In 2000, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream of being a journalist and started by waiting tables and doing freelance radio. In 2004, she launched a radio show and directed it until 2012. It was then that she went to work for CBS as a political writer and also worked at CNN as a political writer and producer. 

In 2014, Caldwell landed her Capitol Hill assignment for NBC. Leigh Ann has also won awards for her reporting on news such as rebuilding New York City after the 9-11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina coverage and she was the first journalist to interview ex-presidential candidate John Edwards after his cheating scandal. 

Episode Topics and Mentions

NBC News

NC State University

U.S. Capitol






Adrenal problems


Increasing gratitude

Shalane Flanagan Effect

NC State Women’s Leadership Weekend

Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In

Action Items From the Hosts 

Kelly - To gain control of her mindset to visualize the most positive outcome for every situation, particularly as it relates to an upcoming mammogram.

Maria - To take some time off from hard exercise to allow her body/knee to heal, knowing that she can get back to higher levels of physical activity again soon.

Quote of the Week

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." -- Lou Holtz

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