When she received an offer to cover the NFL in 2014, journalist Megan Alexander had no way of knowing that she would be reporting one of the sports’ world’s biggest stories of the year on her very first day at work. Footage had been leaked of Baltimore Ravens’ player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancé (now wife) Janay Palmer to the ground in an elevator. But Alexander, who by then had several years of reporting for the CBS daily news magazine Inside Edition under her belt, didn’t flinch.

“I thrive on adrenaline,” says Alexander. “The adrenaline kicked in and we got going with the recording. There were a few moments that night when I closed my eyes and said, ‘Lord I know I can do this. I know you’ve given me the skills to do this tonight. I need you to help me do that.’”

Part of Alexander’s confidence that night came from years of committing herself to excellence and establishing a strong reputation among her media colleagues. In fact, Alexander sees this dedication to her career as a key to being taken seriously by her colleagues, and by extension, having her faith taken seriously.

“I want to be known for doing excellent work. That’s my passion,” she says. “Take a seat at the table. That’s what our approach should be. Be reliable for your colleagues, teammates, and team.”

Alexander, who recently released Faith in the Spotlight: Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs (Howard Books), splits her weeks between New York City and Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Brian, and their two young boys. Alexander has picked up a number of acting credits over the years and routinely interviewed Donald ...

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