I went out on a shoot today for the first time since I left MLB.com way back in 2008. I’ve always enjoyed field producing, but until recently, News Now was primarily a studio produced network. Actually, I take that back. I went out in the field once for ABC. An intern and I went over to the Fancy Food Expo and shot B-roll for an interview with the Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. It’s hard to believe I forgot about that, considering it had a similar attribute to today’s interview, lots and lots of delicious food!
Today, my colleague, Melanie, was running the show for a shoot with Heather Christo on better food choices at holiday parties. We all met at an amazing kitchen in Tribeca (a kitchen I am still drooling over!) and got set up. It was the first time I had ever see an ABC News crew in action. I’ve booked a camera crew dozens of times before, when I was working on our political show “Top Line”, but I had never actually worked with one. Today’s crew was great. Efficient and on top of everything.
It also helped that Heather’s food looked delicious! The segment was quick and easy and afterwards, we got to sample some of the wonderful treats Heather made including a cauliflower dip, delicious and much less fattening that party-favorite spinach and artichoke dip, and a great party snack mix, which is a much healthier option than mixed nuts which can run over 500 calories a serving! I definitely recommend heading over to Heather’s blog for the recipe. We even took some back to the office with us to munch on throughout the day! Mel will be editing that in the next few days. I’ll post it when it’s available on ABCNews.com.
One of the reasons I was so excited to join Mel on her shoot was that I’m hopefully going to start setting up and going out on shoots on my own. I’ve been wanting to for a while, but haven’t had the chance. There are a ton of ideas I’ve been kicking around that aren’t really appropriate for in the studio. So often, especially on the health show, we talk about these abstract concepts and symptoms, but it’s so hard to really understand what that means. It’d be so much easier to show rather than tell people about how things work, especially in regards to medicine.
Also, if going out on more shoots means more opportunities to eat delicious food like today, I’ll take it!
Tomorrow, I’m back in the studio for a segment with registered dietician Keri Glassman. It’ll be a great topic, avoiding weight gain during the holidays and Keri has some great tips! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so check back tomorrow for the interview!