As the Iowa Caucus Fellow for CNN I covered two dozen presidential candidates in more than 135 appearances across Iowa and worked alongside the network’s campaign embeds and political correspondents to provide a comprehensive record of the first caucus state’s role in the 2020 election. I was based in Des Moines, but reported across the state from Sioux City and Council Bluffs to Davenport and Dubuque at events ranging from intimate house parties to the famed State Fair and Wing Ding dinner.
I built relationships with campaign staff and candidates and interviewed countless Iowans to gain a better understanding of the race. I represented CNN in gaggles questioning candidates and was responsible for sending out editorial notes used by all CNN platforms. I also field produced correspondent live shots and interviews with candidates, as well as helped with a special episode of the Axe Files about the Iowa State Fair. In this position I was lucky to learn from the best political reporters in the business — both CNN’s own and alongside the national press corps.
As a News Associate in the DC bureau I learned the ins and outs of production and reporting. I staffed the assignment desk and contributed to reporting on topics including impeachment and the coronavirus, worked with bookers to mic and prepare guests for interviews, coordinated with the control room to run scripts for anchors, logged and monitored events, ran prompter for reporters, and helped manage panel guests during impeachment and election nights. As a News Associate I also covered events in the field in both DC and Chicago.