September 2011

Split-Screen: The Art of Watching Two Things At Once

Posted: Thu, 09/01/2011 - 6:35pm

Not long ago, I was at the army installation at Fort Bragg, North Carolina reporting a story for the PBS NewsHour when my cellphone began to vibrate with news of a big earthquake back home in Washington, D.C.

We’d felt nothing. I’d been in the moment, interviewing a weeping 26-year-old widow about losing her husband in combat in Afghanistan. My life as split-screen.

A Decade Since 9/11: Reporters Reflect on the Day That Changed Everything

Posted: Thu, 09/08/2011 - 6:29pm

I have long held that most of the people who grow up to be reporters are idealists. We like to think if we just dig deeper, understand better and listen harder, we will find something revealing – then get to share it with the world.

But much of the time, reporters act as witnesses, as translators for transformative events.

Searching for Bottom: Why Everybody Had A Bad Week

Posted: Thu, 09/15/2011 - 3:48pm

"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." -- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

By now it is old news that the President of the United States is in a deep political hole, with daylight growing ever farther away. He doesn’t have gum in his hair yet, but it’s doubtful the White House would admit it if he did.

Debate Night: When the Questions Count As Much As The Answers

Posted: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 10:11am

Updated:  Friday, Sept 23-10am

If you are a political junkie like me, there can never be too many candidates’ debates. FOX? CNN? MSNBC? Have at it. The more they talk, the more we learn.

But as someone who has gotten the chance to moderate a debate or two, or three, I find myself focusing on the questioners – the handful of journalists and commentators who get to steer the conversation.

Tags: Debate | Election 2012 | GOP | Gwen's Take

Longing for a Knight: Isn’t Someone Going to Ride To The Rescue?

Posted: Thu, 09/29/2011 - 1:30pm

It took a proud Jersey girl in the audience--- now living in California and quoting her Italian mother--- to declare what some Republicans across the country are saying to Chris Christie. “She told me to tell you. You gotta run for President,” the woman said. Many reporters wanted to know how he’d respond to that as well.