July 22, 2005

Mr. Rendell, I have one question...

Yesterday in Indiana, I had the pleasure of covering a railroad opening, which featured an appearance by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

I interviewed some of the people milling around and then listened to the speakers and then the governor. But the best was yet to come.

After the speakers concluded and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held, the media was permitted to ask questions, but I was not in that crowd.

No--I was talking with a group of protestors, waving signs in a nearby bandstand. My editor knew he would make an appearance there, and I had one specific question to ask--a tough one.

Standing serenely among the 5- and 6-year-olds who were dressed in hockey attire, I anxiously waited for my chance. And then I heard the train, which would supposedly carry the governor away, begin to chug. It was now or never and I let it rip:

"Governor Rendell--Amanda Cochran from the Tribune-Review. I have one question I'd like to ask.


Then I delivered it.

"Have you been receiving any negative feedback at these local functions for passing the bill, which raises state lawmakers pay again, making them the second highest paid in the nation?"

So there I was and there he was not two feet away--I could see the anger wash over his face, slightly reddening his pristine complexion.

He said something close to 'no I haven't received any negative feedback, only from the media'.

"Have you recieved any other types of communications concerning this bill? Phone calls, e-mails?"


"How many would you say?"

"About 150."

The governor of PA now hated me, and I strangely loved the sensation.

He answered a few more questions for me and then spoke to the kids with signs.

I thought I was going to die right there, but I did it, and I wasn't afraid. I have never experienced that big of a reporting rush before, well, except when I got to see the president.

He didn't look at me again, but the state troopers around him looked me over, probably wondering how I escaped the media crowd to get this exclusive interview.

It was a defining moment in my growth as a reporter, to say the least.

**None of the information in this blog is affiliated with the Tribune-Review--only Girl Meets World; it is only intended as a informational and reflective account of a valuable internship experience for future educational reference.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at July 22, 2005 4:49 PM | TrackBack

Way to go girl. This is from one proud grandma

Posted by: grammy at July 22, 2005 6:36 PM

Atta girl :-) This is from one estatic best friend.

Posted by: Karissa at July 22, 2005 6:38 PM

Excellent. I couldn't be more proud of you if I tried.

Posted by: Neha at July 22, 2005 9:47 PM

Way to stick it to him... he deserves it.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at July 23, 2005 12:32 AM

Hehe, you crack me up. I almost feel sorry for him... I know what it's like to be on the receiving end of your questions.

Posted by: ChrisU at July 23, 2005 4:14 PM

Thanks, all. :-)

Posted by: Amanda at July 23, 2005 8:59 PM

Oh my goodness, Amanda! Way to go!

I hope you have many more "defining moments".

Posted by: Paige at July 24, 2005 7:07 PM

Amanda, I just showed Craig this article and he goes "NO WAY! She didn't really say that, did she??"

I said yes she did. His response:
"She might really do good at that."

Props to you from the guy who doesn't like the media at all. ;)

Posted by: Amy and Craig at July 29, 2005 10:40 PM
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