Posted: September 23, 2011 at 9:11 am
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.
Posted: September 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm
"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.
Posted: September 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm
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.
Posted: September 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm
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.
Posted: August 12, 2011 at 10:28 am
DES MOINES – About halfway through my grilled pork chop on a stick at the State Fair, I was reminded why covering politics in Iowa is so different than anywhere else.