A five-day train trip through seven states took on special meaning for two Rensselaer students recently, when they had the opportunity to work as runners
for the ABC News morning show Good Morning America (GMA). Last month, the network, along with USA Today, kicked off its “50 States in 50 Days” initiative to report from every state in the nation during the 50 days leading up to the presidential election.
From Sept. 10 to Sept. 19, Claire Woot de Trixhe a native of Brussels, Belgium, who now calls Summit, N.J., home and Joshua Bruder, a native of Bennington, Vt., traveled with GMA on-air talent and production staff as part of the tour kick-off.
The broadcast studio consisted of three locomotives and eight rail cars, two of which were antique cars.
The event was history in the making as the program was the first show to broadcast live from a train, according to network officials.
Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo, and Sam Champion anchored the morning broadcast onboard the specially equipped Amtrak train. The train made stops in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Niagara Falls, N.Y. The anchors also interviewed newsmakers and talked with local residents about the important issues facing them.
The students followed a busy schedule that included 2 a.m. wake-up calls, running errands, preparing the train for broadcasting, making copies, and picking up production crew members, among others.
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