Students Discuss Their Experiences Working the CNN Debates

June 4, 2007

Some 51 Saint Anselm College students have been working closely with CNN on debate preparations since late last week. These students and their 10-hour plus work days have played a critical role in making the debates a reality. Students have worked with CNN’s news anchors, correspondents, set designers, marketing and public relation staff, and others running errands, standing in for set checks (lighting, sound, video), moving sets, and many other important roles.

In the meantime, they’ve got to know many of CNN’s on-air talent and executives and received an insiders view of all the work that goes into staging a major event like CNN’s Presidential Primary Debates.

Cory True ‘09, a junior politics major from Augusta, Maine (and guest student blogger), had the opportunity to interview two students about their experiences working the debates.

In his first interview, Cory talks with Mark Grasso ‘10, a sophomore politics major. Mark started his week working to transform Sullivan Arena into a debate venue. He then moved on to assisting the CNN marketing staff with installing signage around campus and later to working in the green room of a democratic candidate.

Cory also interviewed Ryan Ollis ‘08, a senior politics and pre-law major from Dudley, Mass. Ryan also helped with the set up of Sullivan Arena working with the debate’s executive producer and later worked as a stand in for CNN News Correspondent John King in the debate’s “spin room.” Ryan’s highlight so far: chauffeuring around CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Click on the audio file below to hear Cory True’s audio interview with two Saint Anselm students.

 
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