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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.


Happy Mother's Day!
May 12th, 2013
10:53 AM ET

Happy Mother's Day!

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.

May 10th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

The small number with a big meaning

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.


May 9th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

A Different Way to Spend a Monday

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.”


The Clintons: Back in the spotlight
May 2nd, 2013
03:17 PM ET

The Clintons: Back in the spotlight

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.


Top Ten Things You Don’t Know About State of the Union
A stitched photo of the State of the Union control room on Sunday, minutes before air.
May 1st, 2013
06:54 PM ET

Top Ten Things You Don’t Know About State of the Union

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.


April 25th, 2013
02:39 PM ET

Flooding in St. Peters, MO

More first hand photos of the flooding in the Midwest from the extended State of the Union family. This time in Missouri.

Photos are from Candy's niece, Devon Alt and Brian Risinger.

See pictures of the flooding in Morris, IL last week here from Kate Buesinger.

April 24th, 2013
05:17 PM ET

On the trail with George W. Bush

Thursday the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be dedicated in Dallas on the campus of Southern Methodist University.  It is the country’s 13th official presidential library and the third in Texas.  The $250 million dollar, 14,000 square foot building highlights the two terms of the 43rd president of the United States.  There is a replica of the Oval Office and a recreation of the White House Rose Garden.  Among the artifacts on display are some of the 43,000 gifts the President and First Lady received while in Washington, the bullhorn the president used at ground zero following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and a Florida butterfly ballot from the contested 2000 election.

With the opening of the Library, CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli, who covered that 2000 campaign, dug into his political archives for some Bush memorabilia.

SOTU Sneak Peek: What else happened this week?
April 19th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek: What else happened this week?

What can we expect for this Sunday’s show? As one would expect, after this week, it’s difficult to say.  The news continues to break, but here at State of the Union, we’re constantly developing our topics for this Sunday’s show. We have a range of guests lined up to discuss the week’s events.

We’re keeping up-to-date with the events in Boston and are attentive to all of the angles involved. Information will likely continue to develop over the weekend.

We are also paying attention to the devastating blast in West, Texas. Though in two different regions of the country, we are taking special consideration to both of these events.


April 18th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

Flooding in Morris, IL

First hand photos of the flooding in Morris, Illinois from the extended State of the Union family.

Photos by Kate Buesinger

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