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Last year, TV newswoman Teri Adler '91 took a welcome break from covering New England politics and crime and began bringing some lighthearted fun to the evening news. In the twice-a-week segment “Trash or Treasure,” she and an appraiser provide expert evaluations of items submitted by hopeful viewers. The segment airs during the 5:30 p.m. news on WHDH-TV Channel 7, the Boston NBC affiliate.

Adler has found plenty of trash, but there have been some real treasures as well. The biggest find was a $38,500 gold coin from the American Revolution—the rarest of a set made for George Washington's funeral. “The segment is great fun,” says Adler. “I get about 60 letters and emails each week from people who want their items appraised.”

A reduced work schedule is another benefit. Adler is able to work full-time toward her M.B.A. at Babson College, which she expects to complete in May 2002. Afterwards, she is considering a move into the corporate side of TV.

Adler previously worked for 10 years in broadcast news. A history major, she interned at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia during her senior year at Lafayette which convinced her to go into TV news. “At the beginning I volunteered, almost, in order to gain experience,” she says. “By 1996, I was anchoring on weekends and feeling successful.”

Adler was nominated for two New England Emmy awards in 2001, in the categories of “Best Reporter” and “General News Story.” She lost the General News Story Emmy to her husband, Jeff Lazzarino, a senior photographer at Fox-25 News in Boston. “He was very nice about it,” she says.

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