It may have taken me more than a year, but I’ve finally accomplished something I said I was going to do when I first moved to California. I’ve taken a step away from politics.
I recently accepted a new position as an associate editor with CNET News in San Francisco. CNET is a part of CBS Interactive and covers technology news and reviews – everything from the latest news on Google Glass to the best tech gifts for recent grads.
My first two months have been busy, and I’ve managed to jump right in to editing articles, updating the CNET News page, and managing some of CNET’s social media accounts. This is just the beginning! I look forward to sharing all they great work I’ll be doing with CNET.
Just months after accepting my first job out of college, I stayed awake all night to cover the 2008 presidential election for National Journal. It was thrilling. Now four years later, we have the same president, but I’m in a very different position.
After moving to California, I accepted an associate editor position with current.com – the website of Current TV. I manage the website, write blog posts, post content on social media, help the primetime show teams and do whatever else is needed. I work in the evenings, which can be difficult at times, but I appreciate the added responsibility of being somewhat “on my own.”
Current TV covered the 2012 election with a great mix of live television and social media – actual tweets on air from independent voters, swings states, pundits and about 100 other moderated groups. You can see a recap of coverage from election night on Current’s Social Dashboard.
It was a huge undertaking for our relatively small station but the results were amazing. I got to be right in the middle of Current’s election coverage and was even part of the “fact check team” during the presidential debates. Here’s a look at how I covered the 2012 election:
Voter’s guide: Obama and Romney on women’s rights
Climate change ignored during foreign policy debate
5 rousing endorsements of Obama’s foreign policy — from Mitt Romney
Are Obama and Romney smarter than a fifth grader? Reading level of the presidential debate
After three wonderful years working at National Journal, I decided it was time to take a risk. So I moved to California!
My husband and I packed up our life on the east coast (in a jeep and 18 mailed boxes) and made the cross-country trek to California. I’m very excited for the opportunities – both professional and personal – the west coast has to offer. For now we’re settling in Alhambra, California with our final location still TBD.
Wish me luck!
Okay, so there hasn’t been any big bear news in Washington DC but there was an earthquake and Hurricane Irene is schedule to hit the coast this weekend.
The earthquake caused some damage throughout the region but fortunately the Watergate remained standing. You’re supposed to get in a doorway or under a desk during a quake but me and most of my colleagues just stood there looking confused. Many offices let people go home early — but not NJ. An earthquake in DC is a big news event, so we all got to work.
Here’s a look at how NJ covered the quake and is preparing for the hurricane:
Quake Shakes Washington, Damaging Buildings and Delaying Commuters
Magnitude-5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast — PICTURES
Irene May Be Only Washington’s Latest Hurricane
And just for fun: Bear News! Apparently the Pandas weren’t concerned.
I’m a little late posting these — the debt-ceiling debate kept things very busy at National Journal. 2011 is already (way past) half over and there has been no shortage of news to keep me busy.
Despite my tendency to always look for the next thing, I took a little time to reflect on what has already happened this year. Here’s a look (in gallery form) at some of the biggest and most inspiring stories so far:
PICTURES: Biggest Stories from the First Half of 2011
PICTURES: Inspiring Stories from the First Half of 2011
The 2012 presidential elections are more then a year away but coverage of potential GOP contenders is already at a fever pitch. I can’t imagine what it will be like in a few months (actually I can from past elections but I’m trying to block that out for now).
Here’s a look at some of the 2012 contenders pieces that I’ve put together so far this election cycle.
8 Things You Should Know About Thaddeus McCotter
GRAPHIC: Breaking Down the Republican Debate
Video: Republicans Go Baby Crazy
There’s a lot of talk about what will happen if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling. It all sounds pretty scary, but people are surprisingly calm about the whole thing.
I worked with two of our magazine reporters to put together a look at Six Consequences of Not Raising the Debt Ceiling. Sorry about the economic nightmares!?