Investigating: Behind the Scenes
A compilation of random pics from recent stories.
Starting with, and appropriately, a photo taken surreptitiously that I had no idea was in existence until it showed up on my phone via text message with the caption "The suspect moments before the crime was committed."
I am fully reclined in the undercover van, after what I suspect was horrific MSG poisoning from a lunchtime ramen bowl. It was so delicious until 4 hours later when I had a massive headache and major nausea. Karma for following all those disabled placard abusers?
In any event, the producer driving us back had to pull over to meet the photog because he left a bunch of stuff in the van. The exchange complete, we continued the drive back to the station, with my eyes closed. Unfortunately for the photog, a red light camera was in full effect moments after this photo was taken. #majorbummer
This is one of my favorite photos of all time. As I posted on Facebook, this is what investigating does to me. When you upload video clips, each one appears in the form of a thumbnail. It was serendipitous and so perfect that the thumbnail for my reverse camera started with this frame of video. I find myself doing this temple massaging, head shaking, deep breathing every single day. It gets better I think. Not just for the gays and parents of toddlers, but also for investigative reporters.
So this is me-roll. We are doing a lot more two camera shoots, apparently to the chagrin of a lot of city agencies who really hate the editing of the Q&A. In any case, I don't do it a lot, mostly because I hate me-roll and I always feel really manufactured when my questions are on camera. It's an acquired taste. Somehow it looks great on 60 Minutes, and totally amateur hour when it's me. It doesn't help when your photog/editor adds red arrows to accentuate your eyebrow raise. Or maybe he wanted to indicate I have elephant eye?
This is like Inception. A plasma within a plasma. The final edit of our DTSC investigation before it aired last week. A beast of a story. Struggles with the PR department, two 345AM wake up calls to get to Sacramento, long waits to try and find the director after the aforementioned PR department refused to let us talk with her, backwards walking by the photog for 3.5 blocks that left his calves on fire, me trying to ask a million questions while totally out of breath crossing multiple city streets, hefty subject matter, a million documents, a visually challenging story overall. But a total bonding experience with two smart cookies in the unit #weatebonelesswingstocelebrate and a piece that I am proud we did.