NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff talks about what it's like to be a road warrior, following political candidates on the campaign trail, and reporting from the road.
Road to a Journalist
JACOB SOBOROFF, anchor:
Hey there, NBC News Learn viewers. What’s going on? I’m MSNBC Road Warrior Jacob Soboroff coming to you today, not from the road, but from our Los Angeles bureau. In my job as a political correspondent here, I’m usually the guy asking the questions. Hey man, can I ask you a quick question for MSNBC? Can I bother you for one second? I’m Jacob from MSNBC. You want to talk to us? Let’s go talk to him. Come on. But today, I’m going to answer a few to explain my job during this campaign.
Why did I want to work on the campaign trail? Because there’s no better place to be than on the campaign trail. Ok, here we go. Mic check one two three four.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Bernie is trying to equal the playing fields.
SOBOROFF: You get to meet some of the most interesting people, see some of the most consequential moments in a presidential election unfold, and that’s even when you’re not with the candidates.
What’s the biggest challenge working in the field? For me, the biggest challenge working in the field is being away from my family. And, even though I miss them, there’s nothing like being out there and – I know they’re rooting for me the whole time. Jacob. This is my friend, Katie.
KATIE TUR: Katie. Nice to meet you.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Nice to meet you as well.
SOBOROFF: What’s my work schedule like? There is no predictable work schedule for a road warrior. When they say go, you gotta go. When something’s happening, you gotta be there. And that’s just a hazard of the job, and everybody that I work with here can relate to that.
What is the craziest thing you’ve eaten while out on the road? I think I ate alligator at some point when I was out on the road, and is it ok to say I thought it was pretty delicious? I’m gonna say it. I ate alligator, and it was pretty delicious.
What’s the biggest surprise about working on the campaign trail? The biggest surprise about working on the campaign trail is that it’s sometimes really boring. Sometimes you’re just sitting in the car; sometimes you’re driving extremely long hours to get to places just in order to be able to do the story or talk to the person or be at the place that you want to get to. One other biggest surprise, you really get to meet some great friends. Here at NBC News, the road warriors from 2016 are all still great friends today, Katy Tur, Hallie Jackson, Kristin Welker, and Kasie Hunt. We’re all still doing what we do, and we’re all friends, I think, because of the time we got to bond together working as reporters and being out on the road as road warriors for NBC News back then.
Don’t forget – keep checking back right here for more Decision 2020 content from NBC News Learn. I’m Jacob Soboroff, thanks for watching.
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