Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Tracie Mauriello, in Tampa covering her first political convention, is tossing out her well-laid plans and shopping for rain boots.
You know what they say about the best-laid plans.
Instead of covering the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday, I and 15,000 other journalists will be doing what most reporters hate most: covering the weather.
So much for my careful planning. So much for the ample supply of sunscreen I packed. So much for my three-ring binder, complete with phone numbers and driving directions. Many of the events I planned to cover will likely be canceled and the rest of the schedule will change substantially as organizers compress a four-day convention into three. .
The crowd was much bigger than Friday and I was able to get a few more interviews to round out my reporting.
My Post-Gazette colleague Jim O’Toole picked us up and took Karoun and me back to the hotel, where we settled in to write our stories.
I finished my Ron Paul story and transmitted a few photos back to Pittsburgh.
P-G ace photographer Steve Mellon arrived around 9 p.m. and I remembered I’d only had one meal all day, so we headed to Charley’s, a steakhouse next to the hotel. We met up with three other Pennsylvania reporters I knew. They all work for different newspapers but had an enviable camaraderie, having traveled together on the campaign trail for many years.
After that, we’ve got a full day ahead and rain boots to buy.
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