Testimonials

New YorkChecky-Beckford

I’ve been with Mort since almost the beginning of my career and his work speaks for itself. He’s helped me move from market 84 to New York in just five years. And when I was thinking about staying in a smaller market to gain more anchoring experience, he was willing to help with that too. Mort can help you get wherever you want to go. Most importantly, he’s always available. I hear horror stories from other talent about never hearing from their agent. Oftentimes, I have to admit, Mort is calling ME to get samples of my work or check on how things are going. Mort’s become more than an agent, he’s become a really great ally in furthering my career.

Checky Beckford
Reporter, WNBC

New York

Mort’s a wizard.  What more can I say?  From the minute I signed with him, my career took off.  I sent him a reel on Thursday, he sent it out on Friday and by Monday he had a list of places interested in me.  A week later I was interviewing at NBC New York.   I talked to a manager there who told me Mort is the kind of guy who will always fight for his clients.  He’s seen Mort work his magic first hand.

Mort is the rare type of agent who calls you when he says he’s going to call you, who answers you any day of the week, or any time of the day.  He’s straight to the point, supportive, and genuine.  That’s a hard mix to find these days.

It’s always a difficult process finding the “right” agent for you, but I can assure you he is a game-changer.  I’m glad I have Mort in my corner.

Adam Harding
General Assignment Reporter, NBC O&O WNBC

New York (In Memoriam 1951-2013)John-Noel

Subject: The only talent agency I would recommend.

My name is John Noel and since 1998 I’ve been a general assignment reporter at WNBC TV in New York City. I actually began my career in broadcasting as a radio announcer, during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network unit at Nakhom Phanom Air Force Base in Thailand. After finishing my military service in 1976, I attended Brooklyn College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.
My next stop was the University of Missouri School of Journalism for a Master of Arts degree. I was then off to KSDK TV in St. Louis, Missouri, where I spent ten years as a general assignment reporter before moving on to WJBK in Detroit for five years. That was where I signed on with Mort Meisner and Associates.
Prior to that, my experiences with six other agents ranged from mediocre to nightmarish, requiring a lawyer to facilitate the termination of one contract.
When I decided I wanted to leave WJBK in Detroit it took Mort a matter of weeks and I had two job offers in New York City along with two in Detroit.
After many years working in Television News, Mort has two primary assets that are invaluable to a client. He is a good judge of talent, at least what News Directors are looking for in the way of talent and he has name recognition, so they will take his call.
As my lead says: Mort is the only agent I would recommend to anyone.

John Noel
Reporter, WNBC

New York

Choosing Mort to represent me is the best career decision I’ve made. His mentorship, guidance, and unbelievable roster of contacts has helped me move up in my career at an incredible speed, and fulfill a lifelong goal of working at the network level. Mort will answer your calls on first ring, and if he doesn’t, he will text or email you right away to let you know when he’s available. He will give you ‘tough love’ to hone your craft. He will put you in touch with experts in makeup, hair, speech, and writing to make you the best reporter you can be. I cannot recommend Mort highly enough.

Laura Thoren Podesta
CBS News Correspondent, New York Bureau

Los AngelesChris_Martinez

With Mort Meisner’s guidance, there is no question your career will flourish!

Immediately after signing on with Mort, I was inundated with opportunities and interviewing with some of the nation’s top news organizations. In less than three years, I moved from Tampa, FL. (WFTS-TV) to Chicago, IL. (WBBM-TV) to my current position as a correspondent with CBS News & Newspath.

There is no question Mort is incredibly connected and respected among news executives and industry decision makers. He knows what it takes to grow, thrive and remain relevant in the broadcast world. Most importantly, though, Mort has a profound and genuine care for his clients and carefully considers the totality of your life as he helps you chart your next move. This is not a mere business relationship – Mort is family.

I am deeply proud to be associated with Mort professionally, and even more proud to call him a dear friend!

Chris Martinez
CBS News Correspondent, Los Angeles Bureau

Los AngelesAmy-Johnson

I chose Mort Meisner for representation because of his countless years in news management. Mort knows what News Directors are looking for and he knows how to talk to them. Mort is honest and fair and always available to his clients. When you join Mort Meisner Associates you really are part of a family.

Amy Johnson
Reporter, KCBS

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With Mort Meisner, I know I have an agent who is just as dedicated to my career goals as I am. Mort is a friend, mentor and skilled negotiator. His years in news management give him a valuable perspective. He understands the importance of building and maintaining relationships in this industry.

I temporarily left broadcast journalism to pursue a law degree and to practice law. Returning to news was always part of my career plan. So when I was ready to make that change, I decided to sign with Mort. He provides honest, useful critiques and is available for my questions at any time. He not only helped me jump back into news, but since then, Mort has been a driving force in quickly getting me into many anchor and reporter positions I wanted in major news markets.

I appreciate all of Mort’s support and look forward to many more years with him as my agent.

Irika Sargent
Primary Anchor, WBBM – CBS Chicago

Chicago

Mort Meisner helped me land my dream staff job at CBS 2 Chicago. Mort goes the extra mile with his clients and his professionalism stands out. I would recommend him to anyone searching for a thoughtful agent.

Megan Hickey
General Assignment Reporter, CBS O&O WBBM

Chicago

Mort Meisner has been with me since the beginning of my career and it’s the best decision I have ever made. I am thankful to have him by my side. He’s my number one advocate, he fights for me and more importantly he believes in me. He’s a tremendous agent with connections in major markets like no other and knows this business inside and out. He’s a great mentor and because of his guidance over the years I have landed in my dream market.

Vi Nguyen,
General Assignment Reporter, NBC O&O, WMAQ

ChicagoJason-Knowles

Mort has been guiding me every step of the way since he started representing me as an Investigative reporter at WTVG 13 ABC, in Toledo, Ohio. Mort’s connections and savvy advice helped me to secure positions as a Special Segments Producer, then as a General assignment Reporter at Chicago’s number one station, WLS, ABC 7, Eyewitness news.

What I appreciate most about him is that if you are knocking it out of the ballpark he will tell you. At the same time, he’s also not going to hand out a compliment just because you want to hear it. He gives you the advice you need to be successful.

Mort always answers his phone or returns phone calls quickly- whether it’s an immediate concern or a discussion about the long-term future and planning ahead.

With him I don’t feel like just another client and I am also proud to call him a great friend!

Jason Knowles
Reporter, ABC O&O WLS

Dallas

Choosing Mort to be the coach in my corner has undoubtedly been one of the best and most advantageous career choices I have yet to make. For much of my career, I was hesitant to bring on an agent–Now I’m kicking myself for not hiring Mort sooner!

His experience and contacts within the industry are unparalleled. The day I signed the dotted line, the interest from desirable markets and shops started rolling in. Almost immediately, I had interviews and phone calls for opportunities I didn’t even know existed. He turned a network dream into a reality.

The professional gains have been exactly what I hoped for with the help of an agency; however, Mort’s caring demeanor and accessibility have truly set him apart. I can call him any time of day and he will answer. His work is extraordinary. I cannot recommend him highly enough, and I am so proud to be part of his team.

Markie Martin
Correspondent, WGN America

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I had always been wary of signing with an agent, but I can say hiring Mort was one of the best decisions of my professional career. His connections, news knowledge, advice & strategies have proven invaluable from the get-go. Within a few short months of signing with him, he made good on his promise (and then some!) to get me into a top-10 market. I never thought a job search could be painless– this was!

Mort is thoughtful, honest, experienced & dedicated. He is always available when you need him and he will work with you to make you the best reporter you can be, and the most marketable, too!

The best part? Mort believes in me, and I think that has made all the difference in our partnership.

Lauren Zakalik
Reporter, ABC Affiliate WFAA

Dallas

Choosing Mort to represent me has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career. His belief in me gave me so much confidence during the job search process, and he ultimately helped me land my dream job in Dallas.  Mort responds quickly – whether it’s by phone, text, or email. You always feel like a priority.  He is honest, encouraging, and will give you solid advice to help you grow.  I truly feel like he will always have my back, no matter what the circumstance, and I’m grateful to have him on my team.

Caroline Vandergriff
Reporter, CBS O&O KTVT

Dallas

Hire him. Two very simple words you should pay close attention to. A lot of us have destination markets when we get into this business, and I’m no different. Most agents don’t like hearing that, but instead of trying to persuade me into a different thinking–Mort created a battle plan immediately. He got it done, and now I’m where I want to be. Not only that, I love his advice, support, and enthusiasm. Now, remember those two simple words at the beginning of all this? Do it. As Mort always says, ‘this isn’t a hobby,’ and if you feel the same way–bring him onto your team.

Matt Howerton
General Assignment Reporter, ABC Affiliate WFAA

San FranciscoHall-Kari

I highly recommend Mort Meisner to anyone who’s looking to further their career. I’ve gone much farther than I could have ever imagined and the possibilities seem endless for the future.

I really appreciate how Mort not only considers what’s best for me, but my family as well.  I’m so thankful for all of his hard work and kind words of encouragement along the way. He knows so much about the business and each market. I know I couldn’t have been this successful on my own.
Thank you!

Kari Hall
Meteorologist, NBC O&O KNTV

San Francisco

I’ve been with Mort for over ten years — in that time I’ve gone from a medium market, to Top 30, to Top 25, and now into the Top 10. But it’s not just about market size or “ladder-climbing” with Mort…throughout my career, I’ve always felt he’s made a concerted effort to put me in positive situations.

I rely on him for his contacts within the television news industry, of course, but also for his perspective on station management and ownership, and knowledge about a station’s position within the market. And I know I can count on him for constructive criticism of my work.

Mort Meisner is more than just an agent…he’s a fully-invested partner in my career, and an advocate for my professional success and personal happiness.

Paul Heggen
Chief Meteorologist, CBS O&O KPIX

Washington D.C.

The best decision I’ve made in my career was choosing Mort to represent me. In the middle of pandemic, when many of my colleagues were being furloughed or layed off, he helped me to secure a full-time position at ABC 7 in Washington, DC. He is honest, reliable, experienced and well respected in the industry. From the first phone call to signing my contract, he coached and motivated me to make the right decisions and be my absolute best. I cannot recommend Mort highly enough.

Stacey Rusch
Traffic Anchor/Lifestyle Host, ABC Affiliate WJLA

Atlanta

Mort helped me achieve big things in a short amount of time.
With him, it’s not just about finding a job but improving your skills over a long-term period of time. Not to mention, he is always around for advice!
I started my career in West Virginia and from there, I moved to Alabama. That’s when I began working with Mort.
From there, he helped me move to Columbus, Ohio. Then he helped open a major door for me in my dream market… Atlanta!
I am blown away by how he has helped me succeed.
If you want someone to assist you in achieving your goals quickly and effectively, Mort is your person.

Mary Smith
Reporter/MMJ, CBS Affiliate WGCL

Atlanta

Mort signed me as a client just days after I graduated college. More than a decade (and multiple TV stations) later, he is still one of the biggest champions of my work, and my potential in this business. His feedback, institutional knowledge, instincts, and at times–tough love, have benefited me greatly along the way.

Most recently, he helped carve out my future, landing me a chief investigative position in the 9th largest market.

Jonathan Carlson

Chief Investigative Reporter, WGCL Atlanta

Atlanta

Mort is a top-notch agent. With each market move, he has a proven track record of taking my career to the level. Before I had Mort in my corner, I was struggling with lateral moves.

When Mort and I started our journey together, he told me if I listened to him, he would help me achieve my goals. He has done that and more!

What I feel is invaluable, is Mort makes time for his clients, which is a rarity. He always takes my calls and texts. Always.
Mort’s knowledge and expertise in the business, helps you trust the process. His honest feedback and advice continues to shape me as a professional.

You are not alone in this journey when you sign with Mort. He believes in his clients and is truly happy for their success. With Mort, he is not only an agent and mentor, he becomes family. To me, he’s absolutely the best.

I am very fortunate to be a part of Mort Meisner Associates.

Lauren Pozen
General Assignment Reporter, ABC Affiliate WSB

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Mort Meisner is more than just an agent. He has a genuine interest in you and your career at each level. From the moment I signed with him to well after I got a job he stayed in close contact. Thanks to his vast network of contacts and guidance I jumped more than 75 markets to a top 10. Mort is aggressive, honest and reliable!

Shelly Childers
General Assignment Reporter, ABC O&O, KTRK

Detroit

I signed with Mort several months before my contract was up, and feel that it was the best decision I could have made. Mort works tirelessly for his clients, and always puts their wishes first. He didn’t settle until I was 100 percent happy with my placement. He is persistent, and will continuously fight to find the right opportunity. He thinks longterm, and is truly invested in both the professional growth and the happiness of his clients. Mort knows the business and its players; it’s often a challenge to trust the process when job hunting, but with Mort by your side, you can. This is an agent you can trust to get the job done, and coach you along the way.

Jenn Schanz
General Assignment Reporter, ABC affiliate WXYZ

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Mort is AMAZING!!!!

Signing with Mort more than 4 years ago continues to be, the best career decision I’ve made. His regular feedback and advice on my work have played a big part in my growth as a journalist and as an on-camera personality. The job-hunting process is always nerve wracking, but this time was much different. Mort’s insight, honesty, guidance and commitment to standing by me during the interview and negotiation process, helped me to make an informed decision with confidence. Mort is more than just an agent; he’s a friend, a coach and a partner in building my career. He is hands down the BEST agent I’ve ever had and I am so grateful!!! Thank you Mort!!!

Jennifer Wilson
Reporter, ABC Affiliate WXYZ

Detroit

I have been a reporter in the television business, both nationally and locally for many years. Mort Meisner is the best agent/manager I have ever had. Mort is a dogged and diligent professional. He is not just a talker, Mort is a doer. I truly believe my career is in great hands under his guidance. If a deal is worth getting done, I think Mort Meisner is the man to do it!

Andrea Isom
Investigative Reporter, WXYZ

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Committed, Thorough, Passionate.

Glenda Lewis
Anchor/Reporter, WXYZ

Detroit

Mort Meisner came highly recommended to me and has lived up to his reputation. I recently signed with Mort and I am so glad that I did.  He treats you like you’re his only client even though he represents many top-notch people in the business. But not only that, Mort treats you like a friend.  He answered all of my questions and guided me through my latest contact. I was very satisfied with his results. I hope this is the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship.

Rico Beard
Host, 97.1 The Ticket, Mike Valenti Show, Detroit

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I’ve known Mort for many years and I’m thrilled to have him as my agent. He’s knowledgeable, enthusiastic, readily available, and never gives up!!

Deanna Lites
Health Reporter, WWJ NewsRadio 950

Detroit

Knowledge & Direction —
When describing Mort Meisner to family and friends, I always use those two words. The man’s deep understanding of the industry easily generates a clear picture of the future, for any goal or outcome that is trying to be reached. I’m extremely grateful to be working with him, and can’t describe how pleased I am with our relationship.

Jason Scott
Anchor, WWJ-AM

Miami

Mort is the real deal! What more can I say! Choosing Mort to represent me, has been one of my greatest blessings. With his mentorship, guidance and years of management in the news business, he placed me into a top market.
When I first signed with Mort, within just days I had countless of opportunities. However, he didn’t let me settle.  Mort knew exactly what I wanted and encouraged me to be patient. This is why I have to say, it is not just an honor to have him as my agent, but as my friend. Mort always wanted what would make me happy.
Mort is very honest. He is a person you can rely on and trust. He is always available at any time and simply wants the best for you. I look forward to continue having Mort on my team. I cannot recommend Mort highly enough.

Jessica Vallejo
Reporter, CBS O&O WFOR

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I told Mort exactly where I wanted to go and he got me there, quicker than I ever expected. He had my needs in mind when he looked for jobs that would be good matches, and now I’m in a job that is just that. Mort is nothing if not reliable and committed to his clients. He returns calls and emails within in minutes, makes sure his clients are prepped for their phone interviews and fly-outs, and his commission is fair if not better than what other agents are charging. I am extremely satisfied with the way I was represented and I would highly recommend Mort to anyone looking to make a move, especially a big one. He helped me jump over 50 markets! He’s got lots of connections and will fight for you in an extremely professional way.

Joanna Small
General Assignment Reporter, CBS Affiliate KIRO

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At the beginning of my career, I avoided hiring an agent thinking it would be easier to get a job on my own. But during this job search, quality of life ranked high on my list. I solicited Mort’s help and he knew exactly where I wanted to go. He got me there much quicker than I expected. His connections were a tremendous asset in the process. He always returns phone calls and emails within minutes. I am pleased with his work thus far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Stephanie Claytor
Reporter, Bay News 9

Tampa

After sending Mort my reporter reel, he replied the next morning and showed immediate interest in representing me. Right away he identified my strengths and offered honest feedback that would help prepare me for a top-15 market. Mort becomes a mentor and your biggest advocate during the job search. I know he’s always looking out for my best interests. His belief in my reporting helped assure me we’d find the right opportunity to advance my career. Mort has told me if he was still a news director, he’d hire me. That means a lot to me given his reputation in the industry and experience leading newsrooms in major markets. Thanks to Mort’s guidance, connections and persistence, I’m making a 20-market jump from Hartford/New Haven to Tampa.

Justin Schecker
Reporter, NBC Affiliate WFLA

Cleveland

Mort is the best of the best. Some agents will tell you what you want to hear, but Mort is upfront and honest. He has a keen eye for news and a proven track record. He works tirelessly every day for his clients. He’ll believe in you even more than you may believe in yourself. When it comes to well-respected agents, Mort makes the top of the list.

Kristin Mazur
General Assignment Reporter, CBS Affiliate WOIO

Cleveland

Mort Meisner is truly a gem. I started working with him at a time where I was figuring out what would be the best move for me in my career. He stepped in and gave great career advice and helped to lead me in the right direction. He is a great supporter and advocate for the people he represents. He communicates well, works diligently to get you the best deal and gives great advice to help you make the right decision. These are qualities that are invaluable for an agent. Thanks for everything!

Remeisha Shade
Meteorologist and Reporter, ABC Affiliate WEWS

Minneapolis

The best thing about Mort is the way he fights relentlessly for his clients. He’s a guy who you never have to doubt has your best interests at heart. I always feel like the next move we make, and ‘we’ is definitely the right word, is going to be a move that puts me in a position to reach my ultimate career goals. He knows the business and has a story of a previous client for every situation, meaning he’s seen and done it all before. That’s experience I want on my team.

David Schuman
General Assignment Reporter, CBS O&O WCCO

Sarasota

If there’s something Mort hasn’t seen in all his years as a news director and agent, I can’t imagine what it is.  He’s been there and done that many times over.  That’s why he’s on my side and should be on yours.

Kevin Walsh
Anchor/Reporter, ABC Affiliate WWSB

Orlando

Mort is someone you want in your corner. He listens to you, fights for you, and doesn’t stop until you’re happy. I wanted a station that valued hard-hitting, investigative journalism that was also close to my family – Mort didn’t rest until he found me the perfect place. I have no regrets about hiring him and am excited for his continued guidance and support!

Megan Cruz
Reporter, ABC Affiliate WFTV

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Mort truly puts his clients first. He’s quick to respond to all calls and emails and offers honest, but fair critiques of your work. Mort really makes the job search as easy and as painless as possible. I could not have made this latest move without him and his guidance.

Mike Springer
General Assignment Reporter, ABC Affiliate WFTV

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Before signing with Mort, I had reservations about working with an agent. I had heard from colleagues about bad experiences they had working with various agencies and it gave me pause. But, from the moment I spoke with Mort, I felt such positive energy. His candor was refreshing; he told me what he liked and what needed improvement. Most importantly, I could tell that he believed in me and wanted me to succeed.

I used his constructive criticism to redo my reporting reels and resume. Within weeks of working with him, Mort got me three interviews in top 40 markets, including Philadelphia. Soon I was offered a reporting job in Orlando. I relied on Mort’s vast experience and negotiating skills to guide me through the process. I am couldn’t have done it without him.

Julie Gargotta
Anchor Reporter, Central Florida News 13

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Mort recently helped me land a job in a top 20 market. He is hardworking, listens, and cares. He always takes my calls, texts, and emails whether its nights or even weekends. Mort always takes time to look at my work and give me feedback.

Matt Fernandez
Reporter/MMJ, Central Florida News 13

Pittsburgh

I have been in the broadcast business for a long time, and the overwhelming majority of the time, I did not have an agent. After talking with many friends, colleagues, and respected news directors, Mort and I started working together in March. It was two short months before my position at a CBS O&O was eliminated in the midst of the COVID pandemic.  We both knew finding a comparable job in the middle of an international health emergency was going to be a challenge. Yet a few months later, I am over-the-moon excited about making a move from television news and back to my roots in radio as the Afternoon Drive host at KDKA Radio, the nation’s oldest commercial station.

There were bumps along the way, but there was never a sense of panic. Mort was supremely confident in me, my reel, my reputation, and the trajectory of my career. He was patient and strategic, while never compromising on looking at top markets, top jobs with reputable ownership. He worked to find a place that fit my style and my values.  Most importantly, the search was never about what was best for Mort Meisner and his agency. It was ALWAYS about what was best for me and for our family.

Not all agents operate the way Mort does, but I am truly grateful to have him as my representation and my friend.

Rick Dayton
Talk Radio Host, KDKA, Pittsburgh

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When I tell someone who doesn’t have an agent that I am represented, their first question is always, “why?” My answer is always the same; I say there are plenty of talented people in this industry. They may not be as talented as you are, but they’re still talented. A good and honest agent is able to push your talents through to the front and highlight your abilities. That’s what Mort Meisner has done for me. He has proven reliable and a man of his word. I will always be appreciative to him of that fact.

Ron Smiley
Meteorologist, CBS O&O, KDKA

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Mort has been with me since day one of my career. After spending two years in a starter market Mort has helped me make a more than 100 market jump to St. Louis! Taking me on as a client Mort knew I was a young reporter just starting my career. He insisted I send him my work regularly for feedback. His guidance and honest opinion helped me take my work to the next level and make an amazing leap in my career. Whether constructive criticism or praise I always feel that Mort truly wants the best for me. I appreciate the time, effort and belief Mort puts into my work and me.

Katherine Hessel
General Assignment Reporter, FOX Affiliate KTVI

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Mort has been my biggest advocate in the TV industry every step of the way. He’s always honest about how far you can go in this business, and how to get even further by fixing the things that are holding you back. His advice isn’t always easy to hear, but if you’re hungry to learn, challenge yourself and move up- he’s your man because he will never waste your time. On a daily basis, he’s been able to offer me instant feedback on my stories, delicate newsroom politics, and my short and long-term goals. He’s a force to be reckoned with and i’m glad he’s on my side!

PJ Randhawa
Investigative Reporter/ MMJ, NBC Affiliate KSDK

Portland

Mort Meisner. A fearless networker, tireless go-getter, and someone who I am beyond proud to have in my corner as an agent. When I came to Mort three years ago, I was a recent college graduate, with little experience in the industry. One would probably say that signing a young reporter with these credentials is a risk, but not Mort. He saw my potential and lead me in the right direction with no hesitation. He took interest in who I imagined to become as a broadcast journalist, and turned that vision into reality. He’s knowledgeable, persistent, dependable, and most importantly, he’s effective! When you hire Mort all you see are results, results, results.
His constructive criticism and guidance lead me to re-do my demo reel, which in turn, allowed me to gain interest from multiple different stations within days. What I love most about Mort is that he doesn’t just take the time to get to you know professionally, but also, personally. He’s more than just an agent. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to grow and learn from him throughout the rest of my career!
I LOVE YOU MORT!!!

Spencer Thomas
General Assignment Reporter/FOX Affiliate KPTV

Hartford

From the moment I signed with Mort Meisner, the trajectory of my career path changed. More than an agent, he’s also a mentor and friend. He’s invested into you and your skill set as a journalist and is never too busy to review your work. His feedback is invaluable. He is always accessible. He is always honest. Think of him as a partner in your career, not a job placement agency.
Opportunities poured in right before my current contract ended, but I wound up accepting the best offer for me. I highly recommend him to anyone who’s looking for an agent who can deliver results and keep your best interests in mind.

Shawnte Passmore
General Assignment Reporter/MMJ, CBS Affiliate WFSB

Milwaukee

I was recommended to reach out to Mort by several people within the industry and with just a 5-minute phone call, I knew he was going to be able to put me in a market that could foster my growth and get me to my end goal. As a person of color, I represent a whole culture that hasn’t truly been shown on air. Mort sees the need for representation on screen and has worked to put me in a market where I can change the stereotype.

Mort is always there to answer my questions and give me sound advice. He has been instrumental in my career and I would not be where I am without an incredible agent like Mort.

Jessica Madhukar
Reporter, TMJ4 News 

Milwaukee

There is no doubt Mort knows this industry inside and out. Just days after signing on with Mort, I was already getting the feedback I was looking for. In less than three months of working together, Mort helped me jump to a top 40 market. He truly recognizes potential and knows how to help you grow based on your best characteristics. I would highly recommend Mort to anyone to wants to further their career with someone who has a distinct passion for the industry.

Asal Rezaei
GA Reporter/MMJ, Spectrum News

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If you want to hire someone you can trust to help you build your career, you need to hire Mort.
I was skeptical at first to get an agent, wondering do I really need one? But after I spoke with him, he immediately put me at ease. He did everything he could to get me the best opportunity for my career. His network is vast and it gained me a foot in the door simply because of his relationships with news directors and his reputation in the industry.
Mort understands chasing a dream while trying to establish a career and is one hundred percent behind you. You feel like you have a coach, mentor and business tycoon all rolled into one. No matter where you are in your career you want Mort in your corner.

Rebecca Klopf
General Assignment Reporter, NBC Affiliate WTMJ

Milwaukee
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I’ve been represented by Mort for nearly a decade. You can’t get a more reliable and honest agent. Put it simply, he’s good at his job. He answers every phone call, email, and text and doesn’t waste time telling me the truth about my work and how I can be a better journalist. That’s why I’ve been with him for so long. It can be a tough business. It’s nice having not just an agent, but a friend in my corner.

Kristin Byrne
Consumer Investigative Reporter, NBC Affiliate WTMJ

Milwaukee

When I was looking for a change in representation, Mort was recommended to me by a long time friend and colleague that happened to be one of his clients. I knew the relationship was going to be a great one from the first phone call. Mostly because it was immediate. He heard I was looking and was available right away to speak with me. That hasn’t changed one bit since signing. Whether it’s a weekend phone call or a late night text message, Mort always responds ASAP.

So often in this business we talk about the “it” factor for talent. Well Mort has the “it” factor of agents. His decades of experience and connections give him the ability to place you in the right job. Not just any job, but the right job where he can see potential for growth and success. You can count on him to give it to you straight… no sugar coating with Mort. That’s exactly what you need to succeed in this business. He recognizes your strengths and will coach you in the areas where you may need it.

I look forward to a long working relationship with Mort and the adventures to come!

Tom Durian
Anchor/Reporter, WTMJ (NBC)

Cincinnati

Mort is the first agent I ever trusted. He’s a rare breed that truly cares about his clients. When finding me a job he not only took into consideration my ultimate goal to the finish line, but my quality of life. He’s *ALWAYS* available. And the most refreshing thing he ever said to me was “congrats on this job! On your first day I’ll be looking for your next one.” He doesn’t find you a job and then forget about you, his work has just begun. His coaching and grind to help get you where you want to be is constant. I find his advice in the industry invaluable. He’s honest, and he doesn’t sugar coat the truth. Also, I love plans, and we always have a plan. My only regret is that I did not find Mort sooner. I don’t just consider him my agent but a dear friend.

Cassandra Arsenault
General Assignment Reporter, WKYC, NBC 

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Mort has represented me for more than half my television career. Shortly after signing with him, he used his connections to help me move from market 64 to market 15. After spending 7 years reporting in Minneapolis and then Miami, I told Mort I wanted to get closer to home and move to the anchor desk. He was more than happy to change the focus of our job search and after just a few weeks I was offered a weekend anchor position in one of my target markets.

Mort is easy to reach, very responsive, and offers great feedback. He also cares about his clients on a personal level and checks in regularly to see how life is going or just to say hi.

Maggie Newland
Weekend Anchor and Weekday Reporter, WNCN

Charlotte

Mort has been a trusted advisor and friend throughout my TV career.

Searching for a new role during the pandemic has been challenging and very frustrating, but I felt confident having Mort working with me every step of the way to find the right opportunity for me and my family. He was always 3 steps ahead of me in getting news directors my work and giving me insight into what was happening at each station.

Mort has always listened to what I wanted for my career and lifestyle and provides helpful feedback to improve my work. I am excited to be making a huge jump in my career to a top 25 market and can’t thank Mort enough for the guidance, support, and industry knowledge.

Annie Szatkowski
Anchor/Reporter, Fox affiliate WJZY

Charlotte

I signed with Mort back in October when my contract at my last station ended and I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do next. Mort sat on the phone with me for hours and helped me plan out what my next steps will be. During that time I had some offers that I turned down and Mort was very supportive that I wanted to wait for the “perfect” job to come around. After months of searching I found one that I absolutely love at Spectrum News in North Carolina. Throughout those months Mort was very patient with me and understood that I did not want to just settle to have a job but I wanted somewhere I could be happy. He is not pushy and wants to help you become the best you can be. The best part about Mort, he is ALWAYS available. I have called Mort very early in the morning and very late at night and he always picks up the phone. He is someone you can vent to when you had a bad day at work and someone you can send any story to just for some feedback if you think something just isn’t right with it. All and all I found Mort at a time in my life when I wasn’t sure what I wanted and Mort became a friend that I knew I could trust. I have never been happier at my job and I have Mort to thank for that.

Rose Eiklor
Report/MMJ, Spectrum News Charlotte

Charleston, WVMacko_Rob

Mort Meisner truly believes in his clients. He will assess your strengths and weaknesses in an honest and straightforward fashion. He doesn’t sugar coat things. Mort will guide you and help you take your career to the next level. He knows the ins and outs of this business and that will help you succeed.

Mort is very accessible to his clients (even after normal business hours). He will listen to your concerns and is someone you can confide in. Mort is not one of those agents that will make you take the first job presented to you. He will also not force you to take a job that’s not right for you. I really respect that about Mort. He cares about his clients and will look out for your best interest.

My only regret is that I didn’t sign with Mort sooner!

Rob Macko
Anchor,  CBS Affiliate WOWK

Columbia

Mort worked fast for me but I wasn’t rushed, and there’s a difference. He recognized and considered my priorities in putting myself and my family in a good position. Mort seems to know a lot of the right people in the right positions and if he doesn’t he quickly gets himself close to those making the decisions.  I trust the work isn’t over as he’s made it clear getting me in the door somewhere isn’t his only job. In a few short months we’ve already worked together to help me grow and I look forward to what’s ahead in the years to come.

Josh Berry
Primary News Anchor, ABC Affiliate WOLO

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Let me first say, I am not the easiest of clients – in terms of where I am willing to go for my career. I gave Mort very specific, limited parameters on markets and positions I felt would be the best fit for me. And, he listened – he was patient and persistent – and eventually found me a job in a city where I know I will have the opportunity to grow and be happy.
When it comes to agents – Mort Meisner is a breath of fresh air. He doesn’t tell you what he thinks you want to hear – he tells you the truth. That is imperative when it comes to furthering your career in the news business. I don’t feel like I’m just another client or just another number. I feel Mort has a genuine interest in helping me continue to build a successful career. When Mort’s clients succeed – so does he. It’s that simple. He gets it – and, is a class act all the way!

Rebecca Thomas
Anchor, FOX O&O KTBC

AustinAmanda-Salinas

If you want the hardest working talent agent in the television news business then Mort Meisner is your man. Mort has represented me for over a decade, and his level of commitment to helping advance my professional goals has never faded.

With Mort, you will find an agent that understands the demands of this growing business, and someone who doesn’t waiver from being honest about the changes happening in the television news industry.

I like to think that Mort and I have worked, and continue to work, as a TEAM to build my broadcast career. I know I can turn to him for advice whenever I need it, and he will be there ready to help. I can’t say enough good things about Mort. He’s one of the best.

Amanda Salinas
Morning News Anchor, KTBC-TV FOX7

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Mort came highly recommended by several friends and peers in the broadcast industry. Finding the “right agent” can be a tough and long process – you both need to believe in each other to advance your career and Mort has helped with that.

He is very accessible and direct when it comes to questions, advice, and negotiating…plus, he is very connected and respected in the business.

It’s good to know, as an on-air talent, people are behind you when you need them in your career.  Finding the right “fit” is key and Mort and his team are great in helping to do that.

Joel Schipper
Anchor/Reporter, FOX Affiliate WDRB

Providence

Mort is THE best thing to have happened to my career! Within a very short time of signing with him (weeks), I landed a job after searching on my own for MONTHS before signing with him. But he doesn’t stop there. We talk and map out a game plan because he took an interest in my end goals and made it clear he was on-board to be a partner for not just the now, he also constantly reviews my work. I have to lastly note that Mort’s communication is impeccable. I’ll send him a text or email, and put my phone down thinking it may be awhile and he responds RIGHT AWAY. Mort has NEVER not returned a call and I’m convinced he sleeps with his phone! 🙂 he is a career-maker.

Courtney Carter DeJesus 
Reporter/MMJ, CBS Affiliate WPRI

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Signing with Mort Meisner is the best decision I’ve made in my career.  Mort is a top-notch agent with established relationships with news directors all over the country. He’s straightforward, honest and fights vigorously for his clients. He demands your best and gives you his in return. He’s also incredibly quick to respond to an email or a phone call. I am proud to be on his team and have full trust he is leading my career in the right direction.

Mike Krafcik
General Assignment Reporter/MMJ, CBS Affiliate WWMT

Grand Rapids

If you are in the market for representation, you will do no wrong going with Mort Meisner Associates. Mort is an incredible agent. He doesn’t just send out tapes and hope for the best. From the moment you start with him, he’s got a plan to help you grow as a broadcaster.  When it comes time to finding a job, he will stop at nothing to get you in front of the right people. I admit, I was anxious during the process but Mort never waivered in his confidence. He was 100% right. From the start to finish, the man simply gets it done.

Mike Lacett
Sports Anchor/Reporter, ABC Affiliate WZZM

Winston-Salem

All I can say is Mort is the guy! If you want someone who will tell you good, bad and everything in between … If you want someone who is A) invested in your career and wants to see you thrive. B) Help you to grow, look no further. Mort from day one started off with what he liked and what he didn’t like about my reporting. He gives honest feedback ensuring you get to a market that makes you happy and will be a great fit. He placed me from a starting market (#153) to market (#47). Keep in mind during a pandemic. He doesn’t stop after he places you. He continues to check in and help define your skills even after landing the dream jump. 10/10 recommend.

Samiar Nefzi
General Assignment Reporter, ABC Affiliate WXLV

Portland, MEFrank-Photo

I have been a client of Mort Meisner’s for about 4 years. In those 4 years, I have seen my career truly take off and I credit a lot of that to having Mort in my corner and a part of my team. He has been an incredible resource for reel critiques, a listening and caring ear for when work problems would arise and also an honest opinion on ‘what’s best’ for my career. He is always a quick phone call or email away and responds very promptly. As a client, I can tell he really cares for his clients well-being, career and if the job they are in or searching for….is the right fit. Even after the job search, Mort is still very hands-on. We check-in on a frequent basis and he is always asking, “I’d love to see some of your work soon.” It is great to hear his opinion and constructive criticism of my work that helps to make my performance and delivery on-air stronger. I consider Mort not only a great agent and manager – but a great friend. I feel confident to be on his team and know that he is leading my career in the right direction. As I always say to him – thank you, Mort, times a million for everything!

Cristina Frank
Weekday Morning Anchor, ABC Affiliate WMTW

Tucson, AZMatt-Brode

I am more compelled to write a testimonial of Mort Meisner as a friend as opposed to an agent. Mort has always treated me more like a friend than a client. He takes my calls 24/7 and truly never stops working on my behalf. What separates Mort from many other agents is his steeped background in the news business. Mort understands news better than any lawyer and because of his many years in the business he knows everyone.

Matt Brode
Chief Meteorologist, KVOA

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This business is tough enough without someone like Mort in your corner. Not only does he get your work seen by the right people, but his feedback and guidance has improved my reporting and anchoring immensely.

Karl Torp
Anchor/Reporter, News 9 KWTV

Roanoke

I’m so grateful for Mort and his team! In the less than year I’ve worked with him I’ve grown so much thanks to his feedback and referrals to the best coach and consultant. What I love most about working with Mort is he doesn’t sell you a dream, he takes an honest approach in finding what’s not going right so we can get there. He listened to my career goals, believed in me and through his impressive list of contacts, he found me a position that was everything I wanted and needed in order to reach my long-term goals.

Megan Woods 
Reporter, NBC Affiliate WSLS

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If you want someone who will tell you what you want to hear Mort is not your guy. Mort will be honest and work with you on any weakness you may have and make you a better reporter or anchor. Mort is always available by phone, email or text day or night. If you want to further your career Mort Meisner is your only choice.

Dave Bondy
Anchor, NBC Affiliate WEYI

Flint/Saginaw

Mort is not just an agent who gets you a job. He truly makes every effort to help you grow on a daily basis. He has pushed me more than anyone else ever has in my nearly 10 year career. I am so thankful for his honesty and persistence. I am now a main anchor in market 71 and I truly do not think I would be where I am without Mort. There are things I never even knew I needed to work on but Mort has guided me along a path I couldn’t even see for myself. The growth I have had just in the two years since I met Mort is so dramatic. I can’t wait to see how I continue to develop as a broadcaster and a journalist in the years to come.

Stephanie Parkinson
Primary Anchor, WEYI/WSMH NBC/FOX Affiliates

AshvilleKaren Wynn

Mort’s honesty and helpfulness concerning my work has helped me improve so much! After spending several years as a stay-at-home mom & part-time employee in El Paso, TX, Mort helped me re-enter the business full time with a nice 40-market jump to WCHS-TV in Charleston, WV. Less than 4 years later, my company promoted me to my current position-up nearly 30 more markets to Asheville, NC. Mort was great in re-negotiating several contracts during this time. He always returns my calls/e-mails, and his rates are very reasonable. I am so thankful to have Mort Meisner on my side!

Karen Wynne
Meteorologist, WLOS

Wichita

I have been with Mort since 1998. Mort doesn’t just knock on doors of news directors, he bulldozes them, making sure my tape gets looked at. Mort provides immediate feedback and never sugar coats it. If I’m in the running for a good job I know it and we discuss all phases of getting that all-important interview: including style, driving the content and look.
In addition, Mort has a tremendous knack for critiquing a tape and knowing what news directors and talent scouts are looking for. He’s been in the major markets; he knows what the news executives want and are thinking. In the 13 years I’ve been with Mort, he has always told me, “If you do your part and dedicate yourself to being an energy anchor, I’ll help get you there.” As I result I have made four very successful moves under Mort’s guidance.
Mort is available day or night, weekends, sometimes just to talk things through and to banter about options now and in the future. Mort is an agent, mentor, talent coach and friend all rolled into one.

Craig Nigrelli
Anchor, KAKE

Youngstown

I am so grateful to be working with Mort. In less than three months, I have seen tremendous growth within myself. He has been the best mentor, agent, and coach. Mort promised me that he would find me the right fit for my first job and that he did. I am starting my last semester of college with a wonderful placement. Mort has set me up for success and has given me the tools to grow in this industry. I am fortunate to have Mort in my corner and I know that I will always have someone fighting for me. I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life as a multimedia journalist/reporter. A big thank you to Mort and his wonderful team.

Megan Lee
Reporter/MMJ, CBS Affiliate WKBN

Burlington, VT

Mort Meisner is an amazing talent agent. What separates him from other talent agents is his experience, honesty, and ability to be an exceptional mentor. In a very short time, Mort made it possible for me to connect with several news directors, visit their stations, and meet some of the best and brightest in my chosen field. When we first met, he promised to help me find a job before I graduated from college. True to his word, I will be graduating from Illinois State University this May. Shortly thereafter, I will be starting my first job in a top 100 market. I am so excited to begin the next chapter of my life as a multi-media journalist/reporter. Due to Mort’s assistance, I am even more prepared to take this next step. I am so grateful for the guidance that Mort has provided in helping me start my career.

Jolie Sherman
Reporter/MMJ, MMJ, FOX Affiliate WFFF

Wausau

It only took a short conversation to know Mort Meisner has the “X” factor.  I know Mort will help and continue to guide me in moving forward in many facets of my life, not just my career.

Jeff Andrews
Meteorologist, ABC Affiliate WAOW

San Luis Obispo

As a sportscaster in a small market, it meant the world to me that Mort Meisner saw something in me that he believed was special. Given his years of experience and success in placing reporters and anchors across the country, I firmly believed Mort Meisner would be the guy to help lead me to that next step in the television industry. What I didn’t expect was that his guidance along the way would be so incredibly valuable. I look forward to continuing to grow under Mort’s guidance just as the many successful reporters and anchors before me have. Mort is elite.

Dusty Baker
Sports Anchor/Reporter, NBC Affiliate KSBY

Bangor

I first came to know Mort through one of his other clients, which in and of itself was a vote of confidence because, let’s face it, you wouldn’t recommend someone to a friend if they weren’t really good. From my first conversation with Mort, I knew he was the right agent for me. He took the time to get to know me as a person, both my personal and professional history, and what path would be best considering my personal circumstances and goals. He made me feel seen, supported, and important. That’s huge.

He communicated with me regularly about my work and improvements I could make, as well as letting me know there was interest in me from decision-makers at news stations. He provided valuable guidance before my interviews that was fully rooted in his understanding of me as a person and journalist, which is why it was effective! and Just a few months following my signing with him, I had a job offer. I am now a full-time anchor and loving my job. I know Mort is committed to helping me refine my skills and reach my professional goals through coaching and feedback, and I look forward to continuing our partnership into the future.

Beth Jones
Anchor/Reporter, ABC Affiliate WVII

Bangor

Mort has been there for me from the very beginning. He goes above and beyond to find a list of stations to interview with. He assured me that even in a rough time like 2020, we could find something fitting for me. A couple months later, I landed my first job in my broadcasting career. I am excited to have someone who sees the best, wants to be active in the process and is able to fine tune the parts of us that need refining in our careers. He is the best!

Stephanie Wittenbach 
Reporter/MMJ, ABC Affiliate WVII

Lansing, MI

Mort truly cares about where you want to be geographically, rather than just placing you in a job. He gave me the confidence that I will land a job in a larger market and in the state I preferred. Even during a pandemic, Mort was able to place me in a role. He is always working for you, every time I would see an opening, I would ask him and he had already submitted me for the job. Mort knows where the openings are before they are even posted. He communicates well and always responds quickly. He is on your side and truly cares about the next step in your career!

Diana Cannizzaro
Reporter/MMJ, NBC Affiliate WILX, Lansing

 

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