Lu Ann Cahn: Challenge Yourself Every Day, It’s Good Business

Lu Ann Cahn (right) speaking to guests at the League for Entrepreneurial Women.

Lu Ann Cahn (right) speaking to guests at the League for Entrepreneurial Women.

Complacency. Comfort. Routine. They can get you in a rut and prove to be a recipe for disaster.

That sure was the case for Lu Ann Cahn, the longtime NBC10 reporter who suddenly quit her lucrative career as a broadcast journalist in 2014. It all started back in 2009 when she felt stuck — and her daughter suggested that she challenge herself to do something new each day. She did a polar bear swim in the frigid ocean on New Year’s Day. She ate a scorpion. She learned how to knit. Read more »

Lu Ann Cahn Takes Job at Temple University


Longtime NBC10 reporter Lu Ann Cahn announced last month she’s retiring from TV journalism — now we know where she’s landing: At Temple University, where she’ll be the director of career services at the School of Media and Communication. It’s a brand-new position.

“One of the most satisfying things I’ve been able to do during my career is mentor hundreds of interns who are now working journalists,” Cahn said in a press release from Temple. “There is no doubt Temple has the best media and communications program in our region and it’s growing. I feel so fortunate I now have this opportunity to work full time with Temple students and can’t wait to help launch the next generation of professional communicators.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have someone of Lu Ann’s reputation, experience and integrity joining us,” said David Boardman, the school’s dean. “Her passion for excellence will inspire our students, and her wisdom and network will help them land great jobs and internships.”

Cahn had been at NBC10 since 1987. She led th station’s Emmy-award winning coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and she gained national recognition for her book on surviving breast cancer, I Dare Me.

Lu Ann Cahn’s I Dare Me Chronicles Her Quest to Do Something New Every Day

Photo by Gene Smirnov.

Photo by Gene Smirnov

Your new book chronicles how you did something new every single day for a year. Midlife crisis?
I was just in a bad place, and I really didn’t know what to do about it. There was so much change around me at work that was really overwhelming. And life changes—my daughter had gone off to college. And all this technology was coming along that I hated.

It’s not like your life had lacked for challenges. You lost your large intestine at 33, had breast cancer at 35 and kidney cancer at 45. … You weren’t content to just put your feet up?
I want to live passionately. And I think I just hit a wall. It went on for about a year where I was really upset and angry. I was waiting for something to change around me, and nothing did. And I realized: I’m going to have to make the change.

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