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Kara Duffy On Her Career As A TV Journalist

WHO: Associated Press Award-winning television news reporter and journalist Kara Duffy

WHAT: The Empire Cocktail paired with the General Tso’s Chicken served with broccoli, sesame and chili; the Crispy Duck Salad of crispy Peking duck, arugula, pomegranate, shallots and toasted pine nuts; and the House Wings with soy sauce, scallions and chili.

WHERE: Hai House, 150 Worth Ave., Ste. 234, Palm Beach / 561.766.1075 / haihousepb.com / @haihouse

1 Most people are afraid of public speaking, but for me, I’m terrified of: missing out! FOMO (fear of missing out) is a real thing. I am so blessed to have such an amazing family and circle of girlfriends. I hate the thought of missing out on making memories with the people I love most, especially now that I am a first-time aunt. I want to be there for everything.

2 If I hadn’t become a TV journalist, I probably would have: become a lawyer. I am so fascinated by the criminal justice system, and according to my family, I’m terrible to argue with. I can’t lose.

3 Of all the stories I’ve ever covered, the most difficult day on the job for me was: the Parkland school shooting. I am very much aware that while it was difficult for me, my sadness is only a tiny sliver of the pain the victims’ families feel every day. I think the most gut-wrenching day was when the victims’ names were released and we started to learn about their interests, hobbies, plans for the future, and seeing so many pictures of them loving life. They were all so special and had everything to look forward to. I think of them often.

4 From the election to his regular visits to Mar-a-Lago, covering President Trump has been: historic. From the very beginning with the campaign rallies, to President Trump hosting world leaders at Mar-a-Lago, and every tweet in between. It’s exciting to have national and international stories essentially unfolding right in our backyard.

5 At the end of the day, I’m just hoping viewers realize that: we are human too. Social media has made it very easy to connect with the community, which is amazing, but there will always be someone telling you you’re too fat, too skinny, too much makeup, not enough makeup, hate the dress, hate you. The list goes on. It does hurt, and it has the power to ruin a day. You never know who is just one mean comment from being pushed overboard. So, be kind or be quiet.

After successful stints in the roles of reporter, multimedia journalist, producer and morning news anchor in southwest Georgia, Tallahassee, and central Pennsylvania, Kara Duffy arrived in West Palm Beach in 2016 after joining the news team at WPEC-CBS 12. A Baltimore native and Towson University graduate, Duffy won a prestigious Associated Press (AP) award in April 2019 for her coverage of the “March For Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., following the tragic Parkland school shootings. A voracious reader who has curated “a pretty impressive library at home,” Duffy regularly consumes a book each week. She enjoys spending time with family and her tight circle of friends, as well as weekday matinees at the movies as, in her words, “a perk of working the early a.m. shift.” Duffy can be seen weekdays during the CBS 12 local morning news broadcasts at 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and noon. She resides in West Palm Beach.

The Empire:

2 ounces grapefruit vodka

1 ounce lemongrass cinnamon syrup

1 ounce lemon juice

1 sprig of basil

Cinnamon

Soda water

Muddle one basil sprig with house-made lemongrass cinnamon syrup. Add the lemon juice and grapefruit vodka. Shake hard on ice, strain, and top with soda, lemon wheel and torched rosemary. Sprinkle with cinnamon.