Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend the PBS Winter press tour in Pasadena.
The highlight for me was a panel on PBS presidential election coverage that included Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff (both via satellite), and Ray Suarez of PBS NewsHour.
Suarez took the room full of journalists to task for not asking more about how PBS will cover the 2012 presidential election. He said that every 4 years journalists talk about how the upcoming election is the most important of a generation, but this year politicians are arguing about what role the government should play in our lives. The future of social security and public broadcasting is at stake.
He also mentioned that two states, Arizona and Nevada, would be getting a lot of attention in the coming months because many Latinos in those states will be turning 18. After the panel, I asked Ray Suarez his thoughts on the voting power of Latinos in the presidential election and the impact of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on SB1070 (the Arizona immigration law).