Our team spent most of the past week in Nevada — traveling from Las Vegas to Carson City to Lovelock — for coverage of the so-called “Parole Hearing of the Century.” Truth be told, I don’t think I had ever covered a parole hearing before this. We filed 12 stories over the course of 10 days, plus live coverage for our Special Report. Here’s our Nightly News report from the day of the big event.
White socks, an out-of-place tennis racket and a letter jacket — stitched with recognition for “SPEECH” and “ACADEMICS.” I swallowed my pride for this story, showing off my ’90s senior photos, which pale in comparison to the modern-day portraits of the Instagram generation.
“Ear Hustle” is prison slang for eavesdropping. It’s also the name of a popular new podcast produced by two inmates at San Quentin State Prison. We spent a day ear hustling the “Ear Hustle” team.
When I arrived at this shoot, the 12-year-old subject of our story handed me a business card.
Even more impressive was the title on that business card: CEO.
We spent six hours inside the California Correctional Institution on the day we shot this story. No phones were allowed inside, which meant no email, no Twitter. Perhaps that meant we were immersed even deeper in the experience. And perhaps that’s why it impacted our team so greatly.