Something you might not know about TV news (besides the fact we do our own make-up) is that often times we’re at the mercy of public restrooms. 99% of the time, we file our stories in the field. My photographer and I will head to a scene, gather the elements (get video and interview witnesses), then meet up with our live truck to review the video, write the story and edit together the piece. During the day there are always nice restrooms at city or county buildings but during the evening hours (I often report for the 10p and 11p news) it becomes a bit tricky. Recently, I made sure to document a few of our ‘pit’ stops. You’ll notice a couple of things; we frequent Dunkin’ Donuts and I have a penchant for paper towels. I also want to thank all of these shops for letting us use their restrooms (sometimes without making a purchase) and all of you who’ve offered your homes when you see us camped out on your street for a story (I kept private homes out of this blog post for obvious reasons). Sometimes knowing there’s a nice restroom in a city where we’re gathering a story can be a such a relief!
p/s help a reporter out… tell me about your favorite clean public restroom!