Pat’s off on a secret mission this morning so it’s Trisha on blog duty.
It always feels good when we can bring our viewers live coverage of international news (with the help of our network NBC, since we have access to their video sources) – and it feels especially good when the news is of a happy nature.
Something you don’t see at home… Pat and I during the breaks are constantly using our desk computers to check the latest info and make sure we’re on top of what’s happening NOW, not 15 minutes ago. Our producers are doing the same. That’s why I hope you news-watchers don’t ever feel you need to flip over to CNN or MSNBC for coverage of national and international stories – if it’s breaking anywhere in the world and it’s big news, we’ll be on it – PLUS we give you the local news, weather, traffic, etc. that you rely upon to start your day. A big thanks to our producer, director, and entire studio team for their grace under pressure today!
The big Iowa stories:
The former Dallas Co. Sheriff’s trial continues in Council Bluffs today. Kerry Kavanaugh says an undercover cop is due to testify today, so while we can’t show his testimony, she can report on it. And she will at 5 and 6pm – check it out tonight!
STRAW POLL – MEANINGLESS?
A comment that former Congressman Jim Nussle made live on our newscast yesterday morning got some attention. He’s on Giuliani’s campaign now, and said Rudy is not committing to the August straw poll yet – Nussle called it an “American Idol” style event that’s kind of like a circus – exciting, but meaningless.
Fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney jumped on that yesterday, saying if the straw poll is the circus, he wants to be the ringmaster. He’ll be there for sure.
This morning, one of his supporters, House Minority leader Christopher Rants, joined us live with his two cents’ worth – the straw poll is a big deal not just in Iowa, but nationwide, and he thinks it deserves more respect than Giuliani/Nussle are giving it.
Pat points out, safest doesn’t really mean “best.” Anyone who’s ever tried to merge into busy traffic on I-235 has run into some pretty clueless drivers who don’t seem to know that anyone else is on the road. Nevertheless, Men’s Health mag. found that some fatality stats and insurance info shows DM drivers are safer than anyone else.
Something’s up with the survey. New York City drivers ranked really high too. Is it because there’s so much traffic you can’t get up enough speed to cause a fatal crash? That’s my theory…
GEN X MOMS – TONIGHT!
My photojournalist colleague Mike Borland and I have been busy this week putting together the latest in this series of special reports – it airs tonight at 10! If you miss it, check it out on the website tomorrow.
While I find the stories of the two moms we’re profiling tonight really intriguing and honest, I’m bracing myself for the inevitable critical emails that will come. I realize that every mother’s story is totally different, and not everyone will be able to relate to the women we profile.
The last time around my reports got mainly positive feedback, but I also got a number of emails wondering why I didn’t follow a mother in this-or-that different situation. (a family in poverty, a single mother, someone with disabilities, a military family etc.)
My response – this topic is endless. I’ll never be able to cover the infinite number of unique situations that moms today are living in… but I have to start somewhere! So far I’ve chosen some moms who are representative of a lot of our viewers – and I plan to cover lots more territory in future reports!
Of course I welcome suggestions and questions… I just wish viewers would keep it constructive and considerate, and remember that we’re bringing attention to a topic that doesn’t get a lot of in-depth attention in your typical local newscast.
One more thing I’ll point out – none of the moms I’ve interviewed comes across as someone looking for sympathy. I’m the one encouraging them to be honest about how their life is, and not just paint the rosy picture most people want to hear. All these moms are crazy about their kids, and most of them who work really enjoy their careers too. They just want to know that they’re not alone in struggling to find a balance, and keep it all together.
WONDER WOMAN NEEDS A BREAK
Speaking of the struggle to keep it together, I’m still trying to bounce back from a marathon day yesterday! After doing the news and getting work done on my special report, I chaperoned a preschool field trip to the science center (Heather, I’m glad you got to see Calvin on the 12:00 news yesterday! He didn’t have much to say but he did kind of dig being on TV!)
THEN Wonder Woman is going to crash, and give herself a break this weekend.
Give us a shout if you’re reading today – and have a good one!
I’m Sorry this is coming so late today, but we had a busy day.
Trisha and Pat