Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

jennifer-mcloganThe media has been beating the drum of “COMING SOON blizzard conditions” over and over in the New York City area this winter. Our city and its surrounding areas depend on efficient and safe transportation and emergency preparation to prevent loss of power, to provide police, fire, and emergency-response coverage, and to provide access to health care in order to prevent crisis conditions for millions of people in our region. The people in charge of reading the weather-prediction tea leaves must plan for the worst with every storm warning. 

The weather media and its avid followers were rewarded today with delivery of accurate information.  We do have blizzard-like conditions, with snowflakes, fat and heavy with extra moisture, falling fast from early morning throughout much of the day.  Mayors across the area warned everyone to stay off the roads and use mass transit, if it was working.  Of course, many people had get to work:  health care professionals in hospitals, police, fire, sanitation, transportation, and media employees; all had to find a way to their duty stations.

I spent the days of Hurricane Sandy indoors in my high-rise apartment, captive to the CBS coverage of that historic storm. I became addicted to the voice and warm, confident coverage of veteran Long Island television journalist Jennifer McLogan.  During a crisis it is not unusual for viewers to form an attachment to reporters who cover ever-changing events.  Unknown to Jennifer, I became her BFF.  She was heroic, always there, unafraid, competent, confident, and reassuring.

Today I had the opportunity to renew my friendship with Jennifer.  She made the blizzard on Long Island accessible, interviewing people in Stewart Manor on Long Island: small-shop owners, people on the street, special interviews with dog owners and their best friends. I loved her conversation with a young Asian boy who was the articulate spokesman for his grandparents, who were working in their small dry cleaning establishment; the interview with a family on a sidewalk outside the local deli during which a young boy realized that this was his fifteen minutes of fame; the connection to so many other normal people and families out in the weather for necessary visits or fun.  I especially loved the small girl who was filmed as she was pulled on a bright red sled wearing a Shirley Temple smile .

News is always local.  And Jennifer McLogan—originally from Michigan, where the conversation is always about the weather—understands the impact of weather on the lives on the people whom she serves. She also has that special nose for news and finds the stories that will be remembered once the crisis has passed.  She was great today.  Steady on the snow and ice, warm and funny, and reassuring to those she interviewed and to those of us who look forward to a day at home to renew our friendship with Jennifer.

Great job, CBS!  Veteran reporters with these skills are hard to find and harder still to keep.   

 

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