Of course all of Chicago's major television and news/talk radio stations will be trying to outdo each other covering Barack Obama's historic inauguration as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday.
But reporter Dorothy Tucker may have one of the toughest -- and potentially more fascinating -- assignments among all the local broadcast reporters headed to Washington, D.C. Not only will she be covering the inauguration on Tuesday for CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2, but she'll be doing all that after travelling to Washington, D.C. from Chicago on one of 10 buses carrying Illinois state congressman Danny Davis and a large group of Obama supporters. Tucker and the Davis bus cavalcade are currently slated to leave Chicago around 10 p.m. Sunday night.
Tucker hopes to document the mounting excitement as this band of Obama fans rolls toward Washington. And once in the nation's capital, Tucker wants to keep on recording her traveling companions' thoughts about all that is unfolding around them.
While on the bus, Tucker will file reports to WBBM via skype, one of the more cutting-edge transmission technologies out there now. It should be an interesting experiment in "you are there" journalism. We just hope Tucker hits Washington with enough energy left to keep on covering what is sure to be a very big event.