As gold soars, Daniela Cambone says goodbye to Kitco News
(Kitco News) - After 12 years at Kitco Media, the last seven as editor-in-chief of Kitco News, Daniela Cambone will be leaving the news mega site for a new venture.
"When Kitco News launched over a decade ago, Daniela was the first member of the news team. Her passion, energy, integrity and outstanding reporting helped put Kitco News at the forefront of the precious metals markets coverage with over six million engaged investors per month. There is no better news anchor bringing the global precious metals and mining conversation through her masterful delivery," Kitco Media director John Dourekas said in a statement.
As one of Kitco News' original members, Cambone has covered nearly every major mining event in the metals markets for more than a decade. "We are proud of Daniela's accomplishments at Kitco News over her 12-year tenure," Dourekas added. "While this is a sad day for us, we respect her decision and are thankful and appreciative of her contribution to building the Kitco News organization."
Dourekas said he would announce a new senior anchor and managing editor for Kitco News in the coming weeks. "Our vision remains to be genuinely authentic: empower audiences with unbiased commodity news, differing views and a global perspective. Our authentic voice and laser focus has always been our strength."
Cambone added, "We were the little engine that could. I remember when John sat me down with the idea of Kitco News. I thought he was nuts; we had no staff, no video crew, no video player, nothing. I said, 'Who will lead this?' He looked at me and said, 'Let's just go for it.'"
Two weeks later, Kitco News was born and Daniela attended the world's largest mining show, the PDAC in Toronto.
"I went with a camera guy named Louie Perez and we were overwhelmed by the size of the event! He would eventually become an integral part of the team - still there today - and one of my greatest friends. Over the years, we took center-stage at the PDAC and are now an integral media partner of the show," Cambone said.
"Looking back on that PDAC, I was terrified. We had no booth; we set up the camera wherever we could. I was begging people to speak with us, but they would look at me confused and say, 'Kitco News?' Isn't that that gold site? You guys do news now?'"
"People didn't have time for us. That's why I will always be grateful to certain guests including David Morgan, Frank Holmes, George Gero and Brent Cook, who spoke to us when no one would. Our audio even stopped working during the [David] Morgan piece, but he was patient and kind with us and let us refilm," Cambone recalled laughing.
Fast forward to today, Kitco News is a juggernaut in the mining and metals space and considered the leading authority when it comes to precious metals news. With the largest news desk dedicated to the subject in the world, Kitco News covers close to 20 conferences annually.
"Today, it gives me such a sense of pride that everyone would want to come on the show; but we are very selective in our sourcing and who we bring on," she said. "Being on our program is now seen as a benchmark of success."
Cambone moved to New York City in 2015 and the brand's recognition as a Wall Street financial news player was solidified. "We partnered with Jim Cramer and TheStreet.com, and that introduced us to a brand new audience," she explained.
"I always believed in the team and the brand. That's why I also went after the big interviews – I never thought, 'oh they won't come on our show.' That belief and persistency led us to interviewing big names including Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Steve Forbes, Frank Giustra, Daymond John, Rand Paul, Newt Gingrich, George Foreman, Max Keiser, the list goes on," Cambone said.
She added, "I remember the first time we pitched Mark Cuban, he actually wrote back. I was ecstatic. I received an email that simply said, 'NO.' I took it and framed it and saw it as, well at least he wrote back. Two years later, I had a fantastic one-on-one with him. I told him the story and we laughed."
A veteran broadcast journalist with over a decade of financial news experience, Cambone will continue working in the field.
"I will be soon announcing where I am headed. Regardless, I will always reflect back on my time at Kitco with such fondness; it will always be a part of me and I hope I will always be considered part of the Kitco family."
"I was there from day one of building Kitco News into the financial empire it is today with millions of viewers each day. I am extremely proud of all we accomplished, and I feel I am leaving it in a solid state, with a roaring bull market and an incredible team."
"It's funny, the number-one question I am asked besides, 'where is gold headed,' is who my favorite interviews are. The truth is, it was the talks I had with many of my guests when the cameras weren't rolling, getting to know them on a personal level, learning about their families, their struggles and successes. And it was meeting the fans of the show who would come up to me during events, I loved speaking with them and knowing our work was appreciated by people globally. It was an incredible honor to serve as their anchor and editor-in-chief and I am grateful for the journey," Cambone said.