updated 08/23/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/23/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

David Bohrman, 28, is the youngest senior producer in network news. With the wizardry of Oz, he helps oversee ABC News' Nightline each weekday at 11:30 p.m. ET. By day Bohrman monitors global events, dispatches correspondents, and acts as a seasoned troubleshooter for Nightline in New York. Then, at 9 p.m., he settles into a murky control room facing a wall of TV monitors and a panel of buttons and dials. Live guests are then beamed in via satellite from places as far away as Moscow, Munich and Buenos Aires. "Anything can go wrong and it usually does," says David. The son of KYW-TV Philadelphia anchorman Stan Bohrman and TV screenwriter Delle Coleman, David finished Stanford with degrees in physical science and French and earned his master's in journalism at Columbia on a Scripps-Howard scholarship. After two years with the local CBS station in L.A., Bohrman joined Nightline as a field producer in 1980. "He is one of those talented people about whom the public ordinarily hears nothing," says Nightline anchorman Ted Koppel. Bohrman's 15-hour days gobble up time from wife Catherine and their daughter, Amber, 2½. "Catherine hates the hours," he says. With good reason. "When I'm not working," admits David, "most of the time I'm asleep."

Laura Branigan, 25, has good reason to sing. The earthy rocker's first single, Gloria, has climbed to 67 on Billboard's Hot 100. Her debut album, Branigan, is also expected to make the charts. A onetime Broadway hopeful, Laura tried out for 50 roles (and learned to "hate cattle calls") before poet-singer Leonard Cohen hired her to sing backup for his 1977 European summer tour. When she returned, Laura hit the nightclub circuit and met Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, the man who helped boost the careers of Ray Charles, Bette Midler and the Rolling Stones. "Branigan is a born vocalist of tremendous power and versatility," says Ertegun. The daughter of an upstate New York stockbroker and a businesswoman, Laura remembers her mother coaxing her to sing as a toddler. She got her first taste of applause at Byram Hills High, starring in a school production of The Threepenny Opera. In 1975 she went to New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts and from there, she says, "I hit the streets." Married just two years to corporate lawyer Lawrence Kruteck, 39, the singer is not at all concerned about the 14-year difference in their ages. "To me," shrugs Branigan, who shares a New York penthouse with her husband, "men don't get good until they hit 40."

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