Thursday, February 28, 2008

Clinton Craziness

I have never attended a Presidential rally or anything political for that matter... until this week. Former President Bill Clinton was campaigning for his wife Tuesday in Ft. Worth. I was really excited and pumped to see Clinton. I went on behalf of TCU News Now to cover that rally and was able to be at the 'media deck' where other news stations like NBC and CBS set up their cameras. TCU News Now had theirs set up too.

Security was crazy! It was kind of theatrical. There were helicopters, horses, dogs and people that were securing the small area where the President would arrive. It was so incredibly cold, but the excitment kept us warm.

Two hours later, President Clinton arrived.
It wasn't all that great. I think my expectations were too high. Lauren (the other reporter I was with) and I couldn't feel our hands and feet at that point. Everything seemed frozen and the only thing I could think about is when I would be able to go some place and thaw.

He kept talking and talking. Finally after 45 min or so, which seemed like an eternity, we decided to leave because I had a night class. Thank God for the night class.

All in all it was a pretty good experience. One thing off of my list of things to do in life---see Bill Clinton. Check.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Age Factor

Like I said in the previous post, the breaking news story for Tuesday morning when I anchored was about Fidel Castro resigning. We now know Castro, 81, had at least three operations in the summer of 2006. He survived all of that, and there was no confirmation of cancer, which was widely initially reported. He resigned Tuesday and now his brother Raul will take over. Raul is 76, and is in good health according to reports.

I know that there is a minimum age requirement to be in office but not a maximum age. President Reagan was the oldest US President (77.) Do you think age is a factor in determining effective leadership responsibility?

You can a detailed overview here of Castro's health by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My pod

I think reporting is what I really want to pursue as a career. I thought it was practicing medicine, but I realized it really wasn't my forte. Combining medicine and journalism, like my idol---Dr. Sanjay Gupta , wasn't realistic and/or something I wanted to. So, in my attempt to get a slight taste of what that would be like, I am the health reporter for TCU News Now (which happens to be a CNN affiliate.)

Now and then I report on other subjects and also help with the daily newscasts for News Now.

This past Tuesday I was the anchor for our show. There are groups (or 'pods' as we call them) of reporters assigned for each day to write, produce and broadcast the daily show. We work together as a team.

Here are some of the wonderful ladies in my pod working hard.

We had to report on breaking news that morning--- Fidel Castro resigning.

My pod worked together and had a successful show. To watch any of the shows or my stories, click here or just go to