ITR/ICA event in DSM

KayIf you’re headed to Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines to attend the presidential candidate forum featuring Romney, Huckabee, Brownback,Tancredo, Hunter & Tommy Thompson — be prepared to wait in a long line.  Magnetometers are positioned at the entrance and everyone who attends the shindig must go through.  The room is a tad bit dark, so I see silhouettes of people filing into the hall.  (When I asked one of the reporters sitting beside me if he knew how to spell silhouettes, he said:  S-H-A-D-O-W-S.  I looked it up.)

Earlier today, Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Pella and was asked by a woman in the audience whether he’d turn to the Bible or the Book of Mormon during moments of crisis in the White House? (Here is the AP story.) 

The event is three minutes away.  I’ll be back when the candidates get on stage.  The first is due at 1:25 p.m.

M.E. Sprengelmeyer of the Rocky Mountain News snapped this
photo of me and Todd Dorman of Lee Enterprises newspapers in Iowa sitting in the back of the room,
huddled over our laptops [our web guy cropped most of Todd to draw your eye to my posture].  As you can see, it was very dark in the room and we
had to move our table close to one of the electrical outlets along the far back
wall in order to have power for our laptops.

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. I thought he cropped it that way to draw attention to Todd’s fingers. Now that’s digital journalism right there…