This morning was unusual because our two anchors today, for the first time since I've worked here, were two women: Meredith and Ann. Usually when Matt is out, we have a man fill in, and vice versa for Meredith. It was fun to see Meredith and Ann side by side at the show open. In the first half hour we did a spot on Hillary Clinton and her campaign for presidency in the 2008 election, which had a slightly different feel being introduced by two intelligent women in the anchor chairs.
When we had our first news break another woman came into play at the newsdesk- Natalie Morales. I know I'm biased because I work here, but all three of these women are so passionate about their work. It was really fun to see them all take over for the day. I ran into Natalie during the first break in the greenroom and we chatted about the unique dynamic of having three women introduce the first part of the show. She also asked how the blog was going and we talked about coming up with ideas. You can check out her blog here, and always feel free to let us know what you want to hear about!
A little later in the morning while waiting to shoot Al's next VLOG installment (stay tuned) I saw Ann before she went outside for a spot on the plaza. She also asked how the blog was coming before we compared notes on getting our hair to curl - she made sure to point out that her hair is normally flat and that the hairdresser here did a great job with it this morning. A few minutes later Meredith rushed out of the studio to grab her script (called her "copy") to take out to the plaza. The anchors each have their own color paper for their copy of the script, and usually Meredith's is pink. Today she has the blue copy and as she picked it up she mentioned how confusing it was to be blue for the day. She turned to Peter and I as she got her coat on and made sure to ask us about how we are doing with the blogging.
Overall I guess I wanted to jot a quick entry because as a young woman it is so nice to be able to be working with positive female role models both on and off camera. I think it's important for everyone to have encouragement and support from co-workers and mentors, and I do feel lucky to be in such an environment here.