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Introducing my wife to the beautiful game
October 11th, 2013
02:20 PM ET

Introducing my wife to the beautiful game

By CNN's Jamie Gray

I am the State of the Union team's resident Brit, raised in southwest London. You'll often find me regaling my colleagues with tall tales of life in a faraway land whose residents drink tea, eat crumpets and enjoy oddities like socialized medicine and a functioning government.

I also like to spend my time watching, reading about or talking about the greatest sport on earth and one of Britain's many gifts to the world; football. I’m speaking here about Association football, which involves players using their feet to kick a ball, rather than the inferior American game, which I prefer to call "handegg."


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State of the Union fast facts
October 3rd, 2013
01:16 PM ET

State of the Union fast facts

By CNN's Jen Buesinger

We’re a small staff here at State of the Union and Reliable Sources.   Our team of 15 includes people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and skill sets.  Here are 10 things you need to know about us.

1. We come from all parts of the United States: Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. One staffer is from the UK.


July 7th, 2013
02:44 PM ET

SOTU exclusive: A peek behind the Pentagon curtain

Candy Crowley gets an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey's office from the man himself.

July 3rd, 2013
08:49 PM ET

A singing General's Independence Day

A special behind the scenes at the Pentagon for Independence Day.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey talks to Candy Crowley about his 4th of July plans, including singing the national anthem at Nationals stadium.

Watch the interview Sunday at 9am.

Team SOTU: Celebrations 'r us
June 20th, 2013
04:44 PM ET

Team SOTU: Celebrations 'r us

We at State of the Union work really hard to put on the best Sunday morning talk show each week.  We think through program topics, book guests, do research, pull together sound, write scripts, as well as attend to dozens of other tasks.  Even with our busy work week, we never miss a chance to celebrate.  Weddings, newborns, show anniversaries, intern sendoffs and birthdays are always feted with treats (usually cake).


Ten-and-a-half secrets of the control room
June 6th, 2013
03:43 PM ET

Ten-and-a-half secrets of the control room

A tiny peek into what goes on behind the scenes in our control room during our broadcasts.

10. There’s a special phrase we use to alert show staff to the presence of non-show staff/guests so we tone down our salty and often foul language.

9. Always use your headset but keep in mind if you mutter something mean about someone under your breath, that person will likely hear you because everyone is on headset.


Witnessing History
June 5th, 2013
01:07 AM ET

Witnessing History

I can’t remember exactly when I heard this, and I’m not completely certain who said it (although I think I know) but it has been one of the more memorable observations passed along to me during my two decades in TV news:  after the public service journalists provide –and after the efforts to hold officials accountable for their actions – the life of a reporter has one amazing personal perk:  having a front row seat to history. FULL POST

A city of war memorials
May 24th, 2013
04:51 PM ET

Memorial Day – Washington, D.C.

In recognition of Memorial Day, CNN Senior Producer Mike Roselli photographed monuments in Washington, D.C. dedicated to those who fought in America’s wars.

SOTU Behind the Scenes
May 19th, 2013
06:26 PM ET

SOTU Behind the Scenes 5/19

A peek behind the Scenes of State of the Union for Sunday, May 19th and our interviews with White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and our panel with Donna Brazile, Jessica Yellin, Susan Page and Ana Navarro

Lessons learned
May 16th, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Lessons learned

Jobs that prepared me for CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley:

I’m currently a Senior Producer for State of the Union.  I started at CNN as an intern in the summer of 1998 (The summer of Monica Lewinsky—an awful year to be an intern!).  I’ve worked my way up the ladder here, first at various jobs in Atlanta, and then I moved to D.C. in 2005 to launch The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.  I left Wolf in January 2012 to join Candy’s team for the Election Year.  I use my various experiences at CNN every day, but it’s my earlier work that shaped who I am and how I got here.


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