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AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer
It’s cold here. There’s not any other way to describe DC right now. Any walking around the area must be accompanied by heavy outerwear, and trust me, even that isn’t enough. For the 360 faithful, it’s not as bad as New Year’s Eve in Times Square, but it’s pretty close.
If you are watching our air today, you’ll see Anderson, Wolf, Soledad, David Gergen, John King & Roland Martin on the set. The area they are sitting is covered, but it’s open. They are bundled up and during commercial breaks, they head to the closest heaters to try and get some warmth. The crew, however, is covered from head to toe, and I don’t even know who is behind the camera because I can only see their eyes through their hats, scarves, etc. Even though I haven’t heard any complaints, I can see on their faces that this isn’t the most pleasant experience ever.
The weather looks to be getting a little warmer as the weekend goes on, and we roll into Tuesday’s Inauguration. But it’ll still be cold.
UPDATE 4:18 p.m.
Scrolling through the reader comments, I thought I’d address some things that have come up:
It is true that Anderson & Wolf are not wearing hats, but there are heaters out there near the set, and even as close to the set as we can possibly get them. So although it’s still not the type of environment anyone really wants to be in for hours on end, there is a little relief with those heaters. We continue to bring coffee, hot cocoa, etc to the set. As you know, Anderson doesn’t drink hot liquids (as he’s talked about on his numerous appearances on Live with Regis & Kelly), so he’s kind of left in the cold, literally.
The workspace area, where most of the producers are stationed as well as where the restrooms are, is 2 floors down. The only access to the roof is via stairs, so anytime anyone needs to go up and down from the set, you are doing a lot of walking. I plan on firming up my calves and glutes during the next 4 days. It also helps, oddly enough, with warming us up a little.
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