Behind the scenes: Covering a presidential campaign
November 8th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Behind the scenes: Covering a presidential campaign

The 2012 presidential campaign is now over, and it’s back to business as normal for CNN’s White House unit. Covering a campaign requires a lot of planning, mental focus, and great physical effort.

The days were 20-plus hours long while sleep was elusive and short. For example, one day the press following President Obama woke up in Cleveland, Ohio for a campaign event in the morning, then traveled to Dubuque, Iowa for an evening rally, then flew to Concord, New Hampshire and took an hour long bus ride to Nashua, checking into a hotel at 2 am, only to wake up a few hours later and do it all over again.

An example of some of the memories from election night in Chicago is this “eye-candy” picture of the shadows of (L to R) CNN White House correspondent Brianna Keilar, photojournalist Burke Buckhorn, and producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy doing a live report from the floor of McCormick Plaza on election night.

Topics: 2012 Election
November 17th, 2011
04:06 AM ET

Is it any coincidence that the address of the White House is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the numbers of the license plates on the presidential limousines add up to 1600? Here the armored Chevrolet Suburban has the license plate 800 002. Do the math. 800 times 002 equals 1600. Coincidence? I think not!

Topics: Australia • President Obama • The Visuals
Protestors hit the beaches in Hawaii
November 13th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Protestors hit the beaches in Hawaii

Protesters took to the beach in board shorts and bikinis to protest APEC. About 10 sign-carrying protesters marched down the beach in Waikiki to the Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel where the White House Press Corps Filing Center is located. Tourists floated along in inner tubes watching the protests.

Topics: APEC • Hawaii
Early sunrise on the White House campus
December 2nd, 2010
07:54 AM ET

Early sunrise on the White House campus

Good morning from the White House on this brisk morning. The Eisenhower Executive Office building, located right next to the West Wing, reflects in the early morning sunrise.

Topics: The Visuals • White House
A little rain doesn't keep us down
December 1st, 2010
09:50 AM ET

A little rain doesn't keep us down

If we can't be ON the television platform, we can keep dry UNDER it.

Topics: The Buzz • The Visuals • White House
Live from the North Lawn
November 30th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
November 23rd, 2010
10:03 AM ET

TV crews set up HMI lights, waiting to illuminate their correspondents at the stand-up position on the North Lawn of the White House.  This morning's story – North Korea attacks South Korean island.

Topics: South Korea • The Buzz • The Visuals • White House
Event Control
November 20th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

Event Control

While events are going on at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Event Control in Atlanta monitors the live feeds and coordinates requests for the reporters.

Topics: The Buzz • The Visuals
Tailgating at the White House
November 17th, 2010
05:48 PM ET

Tailgating at the White House

Check out the grill used by White House chefs.  A "Napoleon" grill – both propane and charcoal – that sits off the North Portico.  Just waiting for some burgers and ribs.

Topics: The Buzz • The Visuals • White House