Zirinsky worked the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from 1976 through 1988 as a floor producer for Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace.
In 1992 she was senior producer for all coverage at both conventions.
Brooks on the film “Broadcast News,” starring Holly Hunter as a Washington network news producer.
Zirinsky was graduated cum laude from American University in Washington, D.
In 1989, Zirinsky ran CBS News’ operations out of Panama during the United States invasion of that country and was in charge of CBS News’ operation in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square student uprising and military crackdown.