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.
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
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.
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
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.
The staff and crew of CNN’s “State of the Union” and “Reliable Sources” wish their mothers - and all mothers everywhere! - a very Happy Mother's Day.
This Sunday, the two female Iraq War combat veterans in Congress – Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Tulsi Gabbard – react to the Pentagon’s sexual assault report.
An estimated 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact occurred among service members in 2012, though only 3,374 cases were reported. The results sparked strong reactions from Capitol Hill.
One of the consequences of producing State of the Union is an odd work schedule. My “Saturday” lands on Monday. And the beginning of the work week is Wednesday. Back in my days of bachelorhood; having Monday and Tuesday off translated to many rounds of golf. Not so now that I am happily married with kids. Though I used to play a lot more often, I never was very good. Now my Mondays and Tuesdays look more like Michael Keaton in “Mr. Mom” and less like an episode of the Golf Channel’s “Golf Academy.”
Chalk up another milestone for Bill And Hillary Clinton. The powerful political duo is returning to Arkansas for Friday's dedication of the Bill And Hillary Clinton National Airport. The Little Rock airport will be the first in the United States to be named for a president and first lady.
10. Our Sunday morning starts at 4am... that’s when one of our producers sends everyone the news that happened since we went to bed on Saturday night. From there, we change the show to incorporate that news, rewriting scripts, updating our guests, and changing our line of questioning.
9. Candy reads about fifty pages of briefing PER GUEST. Every week.
8. Our control room, Control A, is equipped so that we can watch nearly 100 different screens at one time.