That memory seems to gratify Gasparino, a 46-year-old veteran of the newspaper trade who has found an unlikely niche on CNBC, the financial cable channel, whose best-known stars have been glossy female anchors such as Maria Bartiromo. Gasparino, with his close-cropped hair and broken nose, hardly looks the part. Yet the financial crisis brought out a different CNBC, one its bosses began to fashion after the network sagged in the wake of the 1990s internet boom. Instead of waiting for newspapers or wire services to break stories and then getting a chief executive or an analyst to comment, CNBC strove to produce scoops of its own -- and hired seasoned reporters to find them.
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