Parents report the news

Lindsay Tuchman stands with her father, Gary Tuchman, a reporter for CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

While 87 other cherubs listened to a lecture about reporting in a war zone, Lindsay Tuchman tried to avoided hearing the “scary stuff.”

Tuchman’s father went to Iraq this year, not as a soldier but as a foreign correspondent for CNN. And Tuchman doesn't want to worry about the dangers of his job.

In fact, he waited until he was home to tell her about the bomb drills and rides with army officers, she said.

“He didn’t want me to be scared,” Tuchman said.

Tuchman is one of three cherubs this year whose parents have a career in journalism. Attending the cherub program at the National High School Institute is a chance to learn more lessons about journalism.

Tommy Alter’s father, Jonathan Alter, is a Newsweek columnist who occasionally appears on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” His mother, Emily Lazar, works for “The Colbert Report” in the media department.  

For other cherubs, this is a enviable.

“I can only imagine the kind of experiences he’s had because of his parents,” Talia Roth, of from McLean, Va., said.

But Alter said he could never have learned the lessons he has at cherubs from his father.

“I learned how to write on a 15-minute deadline,” Alter said, “I didn’t know that before.”

Lily Altavena, of Scottsdale, Ariz., has a journalist in the family. Her mother, Melinda Wilson, was a former reporter for the Detroit News. Wilson warned her that journalists don’t make any money, but Altavena loves it anyway.

 “When I was little I used to go into the newsroom for Take Your Daughter to Work Day, where they taught us about newspaper production,” she said.

Even though her mother no longer works at the Detroit News, Altavena still thinks her mother’s career affected her perspective on journalism.

“She knew I had to be sure I wanted to be a journalist before I pursued it as a career,” she said.  

Tuchman said her father encouraged her to apply to the journalism program at the National High School Institute.

“A lot of people my dad works with were cherubs,” Tuchman said. “He knows how beneficial it can be to your career.”