So far, Norah O’Donnell is the only network anchor to venture into Dorian’s path
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If Norah O’Donnell is trying to prove herself as an intrepid anchor who will travel anywhere for a story, she’s certainly dived in with Dorian coverage.
- O’Donnell was the only “big three” anchor to work Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, the Labor Day holiday.
- She anchored from Coca Beach, Florida in the midst of stormy weather.
- The fill anchors on NBC or ABC both anchored from studios in New York — although all three networks had extensive teams on the ground.
- O’Donnell anchored again from Cocoa Beach Tuesday and for Sept. 4 moved USCG Air Station in Opa-Locka, Florida, the closest you can get to the Bahamas from within the U.S.
- She and the CBS News crew set up shop inside of a large aircraft hanger with a bright red and white helicopter behind her.
- O’Donnell even started the show’s teases literally leaning out the back of a plane.
- During the day, she traveled along, survey damage and interviewing those who made it out of the Bahamas.
- In addition to O’Donnell, correspondent David Begnaud and a crew made it into the Bahamas aboard a rescue aircraft that literally dropped them off and turned around to fly back with evacuees.
- Meanwhile, with the storm moving slowing and with an uncertain path, ABC and NBC may be hold off on sending anchors into the zone until landfall.
- However, NBC is also airing a pre-planned “Justice For All” series that will require Holt to be back in New York by Sunday unless the penultimate town hall for MSNBC is postponed.
- O’Donnell, meanwhile, appears to be poised to make a name for herself with Dorian coverage — which could be key for the last place rated broadcast that has continued to deliver unimpressive ratings since she took over in July.