You know how we love Anderson Cooper? No? Well, welcome to our blog, we're so happy to have first-time readers. For the rest of you, we have some bad news. We are developing a new newscasting crush. No, it's not Shep Smith, though his eyebrows are appropriately intense. It's ABC News' David Muir. He's tall, he's gorgeous, he has one of those surreally serious Anchor Voices, and he's one of New York's rising stars of 2008's campaign coverage. We tracked him down to ask him a few burning questions:
What do you think we're going to know the day after Super Tuesday?
That we still have a long way to go until November.
What type of coverage intimidates you?
The idea of doing what Charlie Gibson did in New Hampshire … moderating two back-to-back debates with the Democrats and the Republicans. He set the bar.
What’s your favorite campaign-trail anecdote?
When one of the pilots of the Edwards press plane was handing out the food and drinks while we were waiting to take off from Iowa. I turned to my producer and asked, "Should we be worried?"
What’s your caffeine of choice?
Whatever I can get my hands on.
When you're tired on the campaign trail, any tips on looking bright and fresh for the campaign?
Good question. I could probably use some tips. [Ed. note: No! We love you just as you are!]
What previous journalistic experience prepared you best for this?
At 25, I found myself anchoring coverage of President Clinton's impeachment trial from Capitol Hill for WTVH-TV in my hometown of Syracuse, New York. I then covered Hillary Clinton's first Senate run. While anchoring at Boston's WCVB-TV, I reported on Mitt Romney's run for Massachusetts governor. And that's the political side. The endurance I'd say comes from covering more than a half-dozen hurricanes for ABC. If any event teaches you how to perform on no sleep, it's a hurricane.
Oh, man. Between Muir and Manderson, we're moving to Florida for monsoon season!
Related: The Other Campaign [NYM]