LAST CALL: Postcards with an edge: Lewinsky befriends lone ranger

Scott Gediman is used to getting calls from television news and entertainment personalities. Among others, he's worked with Matt Lauer, Kerri Russel and John Travolta. But Gediman, chief of media relations for Yosemite National Park, said he sat up and took notice when he got a call from a queen of all media he never thought he'd meet - Monica Lewinsky.

Hired by England's Independent Television News for Channel 5, newly minted TV reporter Lewinsky hosted six US-based, 10-minute segments titled 'Postcards from Monica.' Each report focused on a different part of America - and not the former presidential parts of which you're probably thinking. The series was a tour of America, from coast to coast. For the West, Lewinsky profiled Yosemite.

Gediman said he chose to work directly with Lewinsky during the two-day shoot, rather than his more usual practice of handing off the assignment to a member of his four-person staff.

'When I first got the call from Monica, a lot of people around here didn't believe it and thought I was trying to be funny,' said Gediman. 'When we were walking through the park, I enjoyed watching people's reactions to see if they noticed it was her.'

Gediman said he does up to 500 TV interviews a year, but the interview with Lewinsky had an added celebrity aspect.

'I've met a lot of high-ranking government officials, but I think that if I never meet Clinton, that this was at least close,' said Gediman.





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