NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake ’07 lives by the advice he learned from an SMU faculty mentor – stay packed, and don’t make any dinner plans that can’t be canceled.
As a correspondent who has covered national stories since 2017, Garrett goes where the news takes him. In recent months, he has covered protests in Washington, D.C., the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in states from Florida to California, and the role of Texas in the 2020 elections.
Garrett knew he wanted to major in journalism when he selected SMU. The opportunity to work in the professional-level Pederson Broadcast Studio and the offer of a President’s Scholarship, SMU’s most generous, brought him to the Hilltop.
His first taste of life at a national network came the summer after his junior year when he interned in New York with NBC Nightly News. SMU alumna Lucy Scott ’77, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster who served as executive-in-residence in the journalism division of Meadows School of the Arts, helped him make the NBC connection.
The internship opened the door to Garrett’s first job after graduation, as a desk assistant for the news program. Garrett went on to become a researcher, then associate producer before successfully competing against hundreds of others for what he calls the best job in journalism – serving as an embedded reporter with a presidential candidate.