CityRoom video: Inside the media pit at the Blagojevich verdict

June 28, 2011

Chicago's news media just got their summer back. That's something I overheard countless newspaper reporters, TV anchors and camera operators say at the Dirksen Federal courthouse on Monday. We've all been holding our breath, ready to deploy the moment the verdict in former Governor Rod Blagojevich's retrial came back.

Of course, most of us were in the Federal building lobby last August for Blagojevich's first verdict. We saw this verdict as an opportunity to refine our approach from last year. I put a wireless microphone on WBEZ reporter Tony Arnold and followed him with a camera for the latest in our CityRoom video series. While this video lacks the flair of Sam Adam Jr. and Sr., it does include a lot of insights and details from Tony.