As a journalist and member of the News4JAX I-TEAM, Tarik Minor is used to asking the tough questions, often when the people he’s interviewing doesn’t necessarily want to answer them. So it was a trip for Tarik seeing the tables turned Tuesday when he hosted an Ask Me Anything and it was your turn to ask the questions.
Among other things, we found out how Tarik and his wife Melanie strike a work-life balance with the demands of working in local TV news, what career path he might have pursued if not for journalism, which lessons he’s taking away from the pandemic, and what retirement might look like for this modern-day renaissance man.
And that’s just scratching the surface of our conversation. It’s worth mentioning that we’ve edited some of these questions and responses for the sake of clarity. Now, without further ado, here’s Tarik’s AMA:
How did you become an investigative reporter, and do you have any advice for those who aspire to become an investigative reporter?
I started in the news business in 1998, but before that, even in college, people always suspected I was a police officer or something. It was because I was always asking questions. Guess I’ve always wanted to get to the truth of the matter, any matter.
When I was younger, I used to carry around an old audio tape recorder and just try to ad lib as long as I could on things like traffic, or whatever I was seeing at the time, to learn how to communicate and listen to myself. As for advice for being an investigative reporter specifically, I’d suggest you somehow try to get an internship (if you’re not in the news business) and latch onto a reporter who can show you the ropes. If not, groups like IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) are a tremendous resource.
How long have you been at News4JAX?