I was fortunate to be part of the 4-man “Morning Edition” team that went to Cleveland to cover the Republican National Convention. This was my very first political convention and despite only sleeping about 12 hours the entire week, I am so very thankful for the experience. We stayed in an AirB&B house in the Cleveland suburbs — which we aptly named “The ME Party House — and broadcast out of WCPN/Ideastream in downtown Cleveland. I came away from the week-long adventure with a better understanding of many things including: how to program for a major political event, how to book the right guests for such-and-such particular moment/conversation for the show and, of course, how to navigate a floor full of people without losing your host. I also got to meet a lot of really cool people, like Fox News Commentator Tucker Carlson, Republican Political Consultant Roger Stone, a bunch of the Daily Caller staff and the leader of Bikers for Trump, Chris Cox. I managed to get on the convention floor twice and even got to be in the arena to experience my very first Roll Call of the States. Finally, but of course not least-importantly, I got to take in many of sights and sounds of Cleveland — a city I had never been to until that convention.
Here are some of the stories I helped produce and some of the voices I helped book over the week: