I'll never forget one of my first elections as a reporter. I was working in Topeka covering the Governor's race. Joan Finney won in an upset. I was at the Democratic headquarters and my news director told me I had to get the first live interview with her. It wasn't a request, it was a demand! I was just a young, inexperienced reporter at the time. I was already nervous and at that point I became terrified. Finney was walking through the crowd shaking hands and giving hugs. It was packed. I found her and explained that I had to get her live in front of the camera in about 2 minutes for the top of the 10 o'clock news. She said "oh sure, honey", but she kept talking and hugging and shaking hands. That's when the panic struck! I took her by the hand and literally dragged her to our spot on the risers for the interview. We made it with about 10 seconds to spare. It was so exciting to get that interview first!
Election coverage is one of those, hurry up, get in place, then wait! The hardest part is trying to come up with things to talk about during the evening on live TV while waiting for the results to come in. We basically have to rehash the entire campaign. But it is fun! I'm excited about tonight.
I'll be covering the Wichita school bond issue. Should be interesting.