By Alin Gregorian
HOUSTON, Texas — As Armenians, we all have been guilty of name-checking fellow Armenians in the media. Sitting high on that list is the name of Janet Shamlian, an NBC News national correspondent. Shamlian can be seen on any number of NBC programs, from the “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” to the “Today Show,” “Dateline” and news programs on MSNBC and CNBC.
Shamlian is as kind and gentle off-camera as she comes across on television. She is polite to a fault and thoughtful and deliberate with her choice of words.
On any given day, she gets her assignment and hops on a plane heading away from her home in Houston. However, one actor that makes her career more challenging — and makes her more unique in her field — is that she has five children. She never knows where the next story takes her and for how long. For example, she said, the Trayvon Martin case took her away from home for two weeks.
“It’s a very competitive business. A thousand people want my job,” she said in a recent interview. A relief for her, however, has been that “NBC is very family friendly.”