Bleary eyed and bundled up because of unseasonably cold temperatures (it felt like the teens with the wind chill), I headed over to the plaza in front of Studio 1A around 630am. From trophy-bearing school athletes in Texas to red raincoat-wearing Arkansas natives, I had plenty of company.
All of us in the crowd were disappointed to learn that weatherman Al Roker was on vacation, and Matt Lauer was out recovering from a deer encounter on his bike. Still, anchors Meredith Vieira and Lester Holt did a good job of making everyone feel welcome when they came out to do a few quick liveshots.
Meredith did the most mingling, posing for pictures and addressing many in the crowd (myself included) as “sweetie.”
I was standing right behind her as she gave a journalism student the chance to read some on-air copy.
Caught On Camera: Watching Meredith Vieira shine the spotlight on an aspiring journalist
I was caught on camera two more times -- during a quick pan of the crowd, and when Lester Holt teased what was coming up.
Though I didn’t get to mention SGITC on air, I enjoyed my fleeting 15 seconds of fame -- especially because it’s motivated me to pay a visit to Today’s competitors. The Early Show and Good Morning America, here I come!