Chris Licht: 'What I Learned When I Almost Died'

06/16/2011 01:52 pm ET | Updated Aug 16, 2011

At the ripe old age of 38, while on his way to a Washington hotel in a chauffeur-driven Cadillac, Chris Licht, former producer of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" had a near-fatal brain aneurysm. In the months that followed, Licht was forced take a hard look at his life. A year later, this meditation on life and death turned into his first book: "What I Learned When I Almost Died."

In this interview following the release of the book, Licht talks about the value of having the "Morning Joe" team around when he was rushed to the hospital, his wife's unwavering support and how the thought of not being there for his son helped him re-think his priorities. "He was the touchstone to many of the bigger thoughts I had about how this affected me," says Licht, who has since joined CBS News. "When you realize that you may not have tomorrow, it forces you to do things you wouldn't otherwise," he says.


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