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Tips From Gloria Borger
Interview by Ethan Ozelius and Christian Moquin
Scholastic Student Reporters


Ethan Ozelius interviews Gloria Borger. (Photo by Suzanne Freeman)
Gloria Borger works for CNBC, NBC, and is a political columnist for U.S. News and World Report magazine. She stopped to talk to Scholastic Student Reporters at a legends hockey game in Manchester, New Hampshire, during the primary election campaign there. Both Scholastic News Online and Borger were covering the hockey game because Senator John Kerry was playing.

Borger is co-anchor of CNBC's Capital Report, and she's a regular panelist on the PBS show Washington Week in Review. She joined U.S. News & World Report in 1986 as a political reporter. Earlier, she worked as Newsweek's chief congressional correspondent.


SN: Do you have any advice for us as kid reporters?
Borger: Well, I think you're doing the right thing. I think you're coming out here and seeing everybody firsthand. It's really important as a reporter covering a presidential race to get out there and see the candidates firsthand. The other thing you'd have to do if you were a real political reporter is get to know all the people who work for them. Get to know all the people who are behind the scenes; start talking to them about what their strategy is for winning in New Hampshire and then going on to the next set of primaries on February 3, which will be really important to somebody like John Kerry.

Christian Moquin and Ethan Ozelius interview Gloria Borger. (Photo by Suzanne Freeman)

SN: Do you travel a lot?
Borger: I do, particularly in an election year. I have children myself, so I don't like to travel that much, but this is kind of my rough time when I have to travel a lot, because you really can't cover a presidential race unless you're out there with the candidates. I love New Hampshire. It's a beautiful place to come to even though it's a little chilly.

SN: What's the most fun event you've ever been to?
Borger: Well, I'll tell you what. The events that I like most in terms of politics are the conventions, because everybody you've ever interviewed politically and everyone you know is in one place. You can kind of meet and greet the people you talk to on the telephone all the time in person.