Every weekday morning, Nick Mason (COM22) gets up early to serve as production assistant as his father, CBS This Morning cohost Anthony Mason, broadcasts from their Manhattan apartment. Photo by Nick Mason (on timer)






  Home becomes a TV Studio for many local and national reporters Its a New Look

By Karen Hudson Samuels
Tell Us USA News Network

DETROIT - One fascinating media development in the COVID-19 pandemic is watching how local and national journalists are reporting from home as their network TV studios are shut down due to Stay At home directives.

The backgrounds are varied and provide compelling unintended viewing into the personal lives of each on-air personality. My personal favorite backdrop is that Gaye King of the CBS This Morning Show. Behind her are photographs in golden frames hung on a wall painted a deep reddish terra cotta color love it! Then there is the yellow armchair to the right of the frame with a pillow that one viewer called into saying it needed to be straightened it was. Her co-host reports Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil tune into from their respective off-site locations.

The backgrounds sometimes appear in what looks like family rooms or studies with bookcases, artifacts, and pictures on display. If a journalist has won an Emmy (or two or three) you can bet they are on display in the background, just look closely to find them.

Locally American Black Journal with Stephen Henderson has been interesting to watch. On a recent show, Henderson reported in front of what looked like an extensive library card catalog in the background, it almost distracted from listening as I pondered, where in the heck did he get that card catalog. Guests being interviewed also have their own backdrops ranging from appearing before a plain wall to beautifully decorated living rooms.

These broadcast journalists will be returning to their studio homes sometime soon. I will miss watching their at-home studios settings. But some imaginative producers may see the value of continuing to have their anchors and reporters appear on occasion from their homespun studios. Stay tuned.





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