Self-made biz reporter

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Jason Anderson of Texas magazine profiles Fox Business Network anchor Cheryl Casone in the latest issue.

Anderson writes, “Whether it’s the latest on the bank credit crisis, consumer news or global markets, Casone informs a new generation of investors. ‘So many people are involved with the stock market now,’ she says. ‘We didn’t even have 401(k)s only a few years ago, and mutual funds are relatively new. Now more than half the country is in the stock market, and they follow it closely.’

“Casone went from Beaver elementary school in Garland, Texas, to Northern Arizona University, where she majored in broadcasting. But she developed her knack for business after college, while she was a Southwest Airlines flight attendant. ‘I had received a small inheritance, and I wanted to grow it,’ Casone says. ‘I would pick up the business magazines on the airplane. I taught myself how to invest. Pretty soon, I was talking stocks with the pilots.’

“Casone reported on business for CNN, CBS and NBC before she landed an anchor job at FBN. Now a recognized expert on investing, she hopes to write a book for women on how to invest. ‘I want young women to know that they can trade like a guy,’ she says with a laugh. ‘The good ol’ boys club is over!’”

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