Liz Claman has been to Omaha 16 times.
As a reporter and anchor for Fox Business in New York, she has covered the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting and Warren Buffett for years. But this time will be different.
After her usual interview with Buffett, she'll run in the first Berkshire Hathaway “Invest in Yourself 5K” — both to prove that her scoliosis hasn't held her back and to raise money for Boston.
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We talked to Claman about why she loves Omaha, her connection to the people of Boston and the emails Warren Buffett has sent to her.
Q: You're pretty familiar with Omaha. What do you like about the city?
A: Being an L.A. girl living in New York, coming to Omaha is always such a pleasure — It's good for my mind. New Yorkers and people on Wall Street get very caught up in their work. Everyone should get a little Omaha in them once in a while. And every time I come, it's always for Warren.
Q: When did you first meet Warren Buffett?
A: It was back in 2006 when I made the big pitch for 'Billionaire Next Door' — a special report for CNBC. What ended up being a one-hour interview turned into a full day. I think he learned that letting his shareholders learn more about who he is was a good thing.
Q: What is your relationship like today?
A: It's turned into a very interesting relationship. He once took me to Nebraska Furniture Mart, we were jumping on mattresses together, and it was hilarious. And he'll email me (via his assistant) the College World Series scores when my Cal Bears play.
Q: On top of your usual Berkshire coverage this year, you're running in the Berkshire 5K?
A: I ran the NYC Marathon and am training for my fourth triathlon, all after the age of 35. I think I can handle another 5K for a good cause.
Q: What is your cause?
A: I'm running for the One Fund Boston. I did a stint there between 1994 and 1998, and it has a very special place in my heart. I met my husband there, his whole family is there and I still have so many friends there. When I saw my “fourth hometown” suffering, I thought, I'm doing this for them — not for Warren, not for Omaha — for Boston. I don't care if it's snowing or 100 degrees.
Q: Running hasn't always been easy for you, has it?
A: I was born with scoliosis and was always told I could never run long distances, so I decided to prove everyone wrong. I have really sore hips, but there are people in the world who have no legs. They wish sore hips was their problem. This run is just something that's important to do right now, with everything that has happened with the Boston Marathon.