Medill Newsmakers: Reporting on-air amid COVID-19 (Ep. 1)

By Anika Exum, Briana Garrett and Jennifer Ly
Medill Reports

The spread of this year’s ongoing pandemic came with necessary but unexpected and unprecedented modifications to both the television news industry and the lives of those working in it.

Rick Sallinger of CBS4 Denver, Brandis Friedman of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” and Medill School alumna Sheinelle Jones of NBC’s “Today” show shared with Medill Reports on how they’ve had to shift life and work amid COVID-19.

Photo at top: Anika Exum interviews “Today” show host Sheinelle Jones over Zoom. Normally, Jones would be reporting and hosting in-studio at the famous Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. Now, she reports from South Carolina where she’s been quarantined with her family since March. (Anika Exum/MEDILL)