I spent the 2014 summer months in the political unit at the NBC News Washington, D.C., bureau. I was selected for a highly competitive internship, and I worked alongside some of the most knowledgable political journalists in the country. That gave me the chance for a close-up look at how these terrific reporters covered a variety of stories – from breaking news of a commercial aircraft that was shot out of the Ukrainian sky and the manifold political implications of that tragedy all the way to background analysis of the Washington gridlock.
During my time at NBC News, the midterm election campaign season picked up speed. As I had covered Colorado state politics during my first year at CU-Boulder, I brought that expertise to the table to contribute several short and longform stories on the races in what many expected to be a key battleground state come Election Day. These are some examples:
August 13, 2014: In Colorado, immigration reform may decide close race
July 22, 2014: Meet the Udalls: Another political dynasty on the ballot
July 2, 2014: Liberal billionaire tops 2014 donor list
June 24, 2014: What to watch in Colorado: Will Tancredo win his primary?
I also covered events at the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department, such as these:
June 4, 2014: First Lady unveils new effort to end veteran homelessness
June 17, 2014: Obama vows to expand Pacific ocean marine sanctuary