The Today Show Spotlight!
Being on the NBC Today Show was like being in Candy Land: it was a dream come true!
Kid Reporter Andrew Liang and I were interviewed on the Today Show about our experiences at Education Nation, a conference held in New York this week. The conference was put on by NBC and Scholastic, among others.
Not only did we get to see behind the scenes, but we were interviewed by Ann Curry and Al Roker! It was absolutely remarkable!
When Andrew and I got to the studio, they took us to fix our hair and makeup. Once they had made sure that we were gorgeous and camera ready, we were brought to the green room.
The green room isn’t really green—it’s where everyone who is about to appear on the show can go an wait comfortably for their appointment time. Kind of like a doctor's waiting room, only with snacks! But we were too excited to eat.
We met some really friendly people, including California Representative George Miller!
When It was time for Andrew and I to go on, we were taken to the actual Today Show set. The tech crew hooked us up with lapel microphones and we were ready to go.
Before the interview, Ann Curry introduced herself to us. She was very kind and told us an inspiring story about a school where 61 percent of the students come from low income families. The school began to hire teachers who loved the students and had the passion to teach them. In the course of seven years, student test scores improved over 30 percent!
At a commercial break, we were lead to the couches on the set to sit down for the interview.
Being interviewed by Al Roker and Ann Curry was really cool. Andrew and I had a lot of fun. Everyone was joking around at the end, saying we would probably take their jobs one day. Don't worry Anne and Al! I still have to finish school.
PHOTO: NBC Today Show reporters Ann Curry and Al Roker with Scholastic Kid Reporters Andrew Liang and Mariam El Hasan on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. (Photo Courtesy Scholastic Inc.)