Me, on YouTube

I put together my best segments from the PBS NewsHour and elsewhere. This playlist is a compilation of interviews, discussions in the studio, pieces I produced and video evidence of me generally having fun covering politics.

Thanks for watching.

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Big Shoes to Fill

When I first arrived in Washington D.C. nearly a decade ago, one of the first things I did was find my local NPR affiliate. I’d grown up on KQED in the Bay Area, and needed my daily fix.

WAMU is just as great, and I quickly grew to love all of the local anchors and reporters, and especially the Kojo Nnamdi Show. The show’s motto, “connecting your community with the world,” is a great philosophy for any local journalists.

So I was super excited when Kojo’s producers first asked me to appear on his show to discuss my beat at the time: Virginia politics.

Over the years, I’ve been a guest talking about hot races in Virginia, but also about the national political landscape, the presidential election and Congress. But something really exciting happened when I came into the studio on about two hours of sleep the day after Election Day in 2012. After our post-game analysis of the results, Kojo’s producers asked if I’d ever consider filling in for him when he’s on vacation. Um, would I?

The day finally came this spring. I sat in as guest host for Tech Tuesday and Food Wednesday and had a complete blast. Kojo always makes it look so effortless, but I can report back that it’s not easy to balance multiple in-studio guests, a hotline full of callers, notes on several segments and hitting your station breaks just right. Thank goodness Kojo’s team of producers and engineers are such pros. They made me feel right at home.

The first day, I talked with two experts about staying connected at 30,000-feet and on the go when you’re traveling, and then learned a ton about the blossoming concept of community funded development — which allows you to buy shares in local real estate projects.

Day two went a little more smoothly, and we had three segments.

My favorite examined how local governments are trying to boost voter turnout, including efforts to allow 16-year-olds to cast ballots. A longtime subject of my stories, Charlie Comfort, even called in to share his experience of being a young person involved in Iowa politics.

Then I interviewed D.C.’s archaeologist, and had a discussion about Mexican food with Pati Jinich.

I’ll be back in Kojo’s seat on July 9, July 10 and July 11. Listen here from noon to 2 p.m.

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A Whole New Perspective

Visitors to this site may have noticed that it has — ahem — been awhile since I updated it.

I’ve struggled with the best “Hey, I’m back” kind of post to do, and somehow I’m still recovering from the election year.

Do I post my collection of my best segments with the PBS NewsHour, where I’ve served as the Political Editor since Jan. 2, 2012? Do I ask you to subscribe to The Morning Line, the daily political newsletter that my team and I get up very early each weekday to write?

Do I mention that I got to do this really cool fashion spread and then a fun, televised panel with a bunch of amazing female journalists last fall?

Do I tell you that profiling Rep. Tim Ryan and his meditation and yoga practice for a new magazine called Mindful changed my life?

Do I fill you in on my personal life, tell you I got a divorce? That I’ve been trying to learn all the painful lessons that go along with that, and appreciate each moment and the importance of letting go?

Do I promote my extra curricular activities, let you know you can buy a ticket to the charity Congressional Women’s Softball Game on June 26? (Yes, I’m playing. Jury’s still out on how terrible of a player I am. It’s for a great cause!)

Maybe I just say thanks for visiting, and I hope to keep this fresher in the weeks and months to come.

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Dabbling in the Ivy League

I am super excited to announce that I’ll be an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in the fall.

This is an incredible opportunity to enrich my love of politics and work with the brilliant undergraduate students at Harvard.

MediaBistro did a brief write-up of the news when Harvard announced the fall fellows. Here’s an excerpt:

According to an internal memo, Christina will work from campus September through November.
“She’ll work remotely on Mondays to help with the Tuesday politics section, take a few web duty shifts and assist with a few special projects. It also means we’ll have one of our best editors stationed in Boston and available to write occasional stories about the GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire or Massachusetts politics,” Montgomery explained in his memo.
At Harvard, Christina will focus on the media echo chamber and presidential politics. She will also host guests from politics and journalism for off-the-record discussions over the course of the semester. Congrats to Christina!

Read the post in full here.

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Mommy Patriots

I wrote a cover line for More Magazine this spring, exploring the new energy that conservative women have brought to politics since Barack Obama became president.

Here’s the intro:

The Great Awakening of the Mommy Patriots

It doesn’t matter what Sarah Palin does. Or even whether Michele Bachmann runs. What matters is that thousands of conservative women are connecting with their female candidates—and each other—with unexpected passion. This new segment of politically active women has found its voice, and its members don’t plan on shutting up or sitting down in 2012.

You can read the piece in full here.

And you can watch a clip of me talking about the piece on Fox News here.

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Terrifying Trivia Moment Doesn’t End Badly

Not sure if you can tell this was frightening moment, but somehow it all worked out.

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‘An Attack on All Who Serve’

Violent Political Rhetoric Is the Inescapable Context of the Arizona Tragedy

The stunning Tucson, Ariz., ambush during the most basic act of democracy — a Congresswoman meeting with constituents back home — has illuminated an ugly breakdown in American political discourse.

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Lost Links

As a young journalist who spent hours photocopying my newspaper clippings, I was terrified of sending out the last copy, losing the printed word forever. In the digital world there’s a new fear: What if the link goes dead? Here are some tips for best practices to avoid losing links forever.

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The 2010 Election in 120 Seconds

Watch the most memorable political ads that helped determine winners and losers on Tuesday.

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