On primary election night, I asked my husband to visit me with our daughter at the candidate's headquarters where I was assigned to report for the night: US Senator Brian Schatz (who ran against Colleen Hanabusa.)
Live interview with Senator & Mrs. Schatz after last printout of the night
Besides wanting the luxury of seeing them for a little while on a Saturday night, I thought it might make a nice real-life lesson for our seven-year-old to see democracy in action. If you have never been to a candidate's party on election night, it's pretty interesting. Crowds, noise, excitement.
Mic check as we prep for a live shot.
As a secondary lesson, I thought she might like to see Mommy at work as a reporter. Now that I anchor the morning show she has more chances to see me in the studio, but few opportunities to see me in the field.
My election night team: Adam, me, Lance, Terry.
She could witness the magic of television! Most people I meet are curious about how the news is put together. She's lucky she has access to this.
Claus & Olivia
Right idea, wrong timing. The kid came, ate my dinner while I was busy conducting a live shot, and then nagged me to play with my iPhone. In subsequent live shots, she was totally absorbed in Fruit Ninja.
I rolled into my bed around 2 a.m. the next morning so when I saw her the next day, I asked, "Was that interesting? Did you learn a little about democracy?"
"I don't even know what that is," she said.
I was pretty zapped (jet-lagged, if you will, since we morning anchors effectively live in a different time zone), so I decided to skip the politics lesson for this day.
"Did you like seeing how things get on television?" I continued.
"Um. So-so," she said nonchalantly.
"What did you like about last night?" I persisted.
"I liked seeing you," she said.
Aww. Good enough for me!