When Man is Freezing

Aug. 24, 2005 11:59 a.m.

Slow run down on the beach, to the point and back. A homeless guy was trying to catch a little more sleep on the sand by holding his hand in front of his eyes, but there is no stopping the sun here.

Two guys passed me, but on the way back I found myself behind them. Of course I began imagining an Olympic race, dismissing the slower guy, then picking up the pace on the other guy, who kept picking it up until I could not go any faster. He raised both arms in the air, fists clenched. Bad to get burned so early in the morning.

I run with my phone in my pocket now. Yesterday, when I came back everything was blinking — a religious broadcaster had advocated killing the President of Venezuela, so there were live shots, a lot of them. I took a cab to read the wires on the way in, and the driver wanted to talk. Fortunately I had just finished a 900-page Miss Manners book so I was able to tell him, "I'm sorry. I have to get ready for work and can't talk." He understood.

I remember while I was a sound tech in Moscow the live shot position was on the roof of a building in winter. A lot of the reporters did not like to go up there because it was freezing, windy, and due to the time difference you had to work overnight. Steve Hurst used to do live shots during the coup every hour all night. He'd smoke until a few seconds before the shot, then toss his cigarette away, flicking it into the snow on the roof. He used the word "cornucopia" on more than one occasion. I noticed a difference in his live shots — he was actually at his best standing up on the roof, less good standing up downstairs inside the studio, and weakest while sitting at a chair in the studio. I think the challenge of the elements made him more dynamic on television. I thought about this when I sat in the chair in the studio in Miami, getting ready to do a live shot.

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Couldn't get more live than crouched in Afghanistan with bombs dropping...Those were the good old days when I thought you were short.

Donna in Kansas

Thanks much for your reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border and Mexico City. It's about time this story has reached Middle America. 43 Americans kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo??? Why isn't that the Biggest News Ever??

My husband and I have discussed many times about the risk all of you take to give the news to us - the good, the bad, and the ugly. You sacrifice much time that could be spent with your family and friends. But, somehow, I believe you thrive on getting to the heart of the matter for yourself. We trust you, Steve, and just want to say thanks to you, your family, and FOX News. Job well done!

Leon & Sarah
Jackson, Louisiana

Wow...your ability to "joke" with people is off the charts! I imagine a situation like that doesn't present itself very often.

Woodlands, TX

Steve: I have always liked your way of reporting, for you tell it like it is. I would like to see you hold an interview with Vicente Fox.