10/09/2013 01:41 pm ET

Mika Brzezinski May Have Given Young Female Reporter Big Break

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski may have just given a young reporter her big break.

Capital New York reported that the "Morning Joe" co-host spoke at the Columbia School of Journalism on Tuesday night. She addressed the female students and journalists in the room in particular, and stayed around for pictures and questions at the end.

Brzezinski was approached by one woman who was a correspondent for a wire service for affiliates of CBS. Capital New York site reported that the 24-year-old woman told Brzezinski that she felt "a little trapped," and wanted to know how to break into a role with more responsibility. To the surprise of the reporter, Brzezinski picked up her phone and made a call.

The story continued:

"Only snatches of the conversation between Brzezinski and the CBS executive could be overheard from where the young woman stood—'she’ll be in your office for 5 minutes to talk,' 'she is languishing in her current job,'—but it was clear that Brzezinski had arranged a meeting between the reporter in the purple sweater and someone high up at the network."

Capital New York's Peter Sterne later asked Brzezinski why she arranged that meeting. “Because that’s what women should do for each other, anyone should do for anyone!” she told Sterne. “And because I can.”


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