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Nora O’Donnell Goes To The Story

September 4, 2019

I have been very impressed with the Hurricane Dorian coverage that CBS Evening News anchor Nora O’Donnell has delivered to her viewers.  That has been my view since Monday evening when she started anchoring coverage from Flordia as storm squalls were lashing at the news crew.

But this evening, as NBC’s Lester Holt again sat behind a desk in New York,  it was O’Donnell who reported while hanging on at the back of a coast guard plane, with its tail section open, while capturing images of the devastated regions of the Bahamas.  

I am sure the CBS reporter would not think it proper to be placed in a blog post alongside journalists such as Ernie Pyle and Edward Murrow when it comes to covering stories.  But going to where the events are happening, and allowing for the best effort at conveying facts to a news audience, is the job O’Donnell signed up for.  And she has delivered, just like Pyle did with his writing and Murrow for his live reports from war theatres in World War II. 

Anderson Cooper may look better in a wet T-shirt but when it comes to professional doggedness for getting a story this blogger is mighty impressed with the work of the news anchor for CBS.

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