For One Times Reporter, the Campaign Trail Kept Going

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Katie Glueck, the chief Metro political correspondent for The New York Times, is used to juggling a number of deadlines in someday. That can merely be a part of the job while you cowl greater than a dozen main candidates in New York City’s Democratic major for mayor, which was referred to as in favor of Eric L. Adams on Tuesday, in keeping with The Associated Press.

But Ms. Glueck isn’t any stranger to elections. Before this race, she was the lead reporter protecting Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential marketing campaign, an 18-month marathon. (She switched to her Metro project in January.) Ms. Glueck lately mentioned how protecting the mayoral race stacks up towards protecting a presidential election — and the way she manages to remain on prime of the information when she isn’t breaking it herself.

How does protecting a mayoral race evaluate with protecting a presidential one?

Covering a presidential marketing campaign, in nonpandemic circumstances, entails far-flung journey. But New York is extremely various, so with the mayoral marketing campaign, I’m additionally reporting from all types of various locations, even when the geographic space is smaller. Also, while you’re protecting the mayor’s race, you usually get extra entry to the candidates. As I recall, Mr. Biden was keen to assist voters keep in contact with him and his crew, and fortunately hopped on the telephone with a given voter’s relative — however in contrast to the mayoral candidates, he was much less more likely to soar on his cellphone to talk with the reporters protecting him, although we tried to speak with him each probability we acquired.

Which race had been individuals extra enthusiastic about?

The presidential one, initially. Especially in the Democratic major, when the focus was on who may defeat Donald Trump. With the mayor’s race, it understandably took some voters longer to have interaction with a race that started amid the throes of the pandemic — however those that did, usually did so as a result of they realized simply how extremely consequential the contest was for the way forward for the metropolis.

What challenges did the pandemic current to your reporting?

The mayor’s race, for a lot of months, was carried out largely over Zoom, which, at first, made it extra obscure what messages most resonated with the citizens. Luckily, the mayor’s race took on extra of the feeling of a conventional race towards the finish, when the candidates had been out extra constantly and we may see them partaking extra continuously with voters.

Why did you develop into a political reporter?

I like protecting American politics, whether or not it’s speaking with voters about what motivates them, or capturing how political figures — usually with larger-than-life personalities — are battling to win them over. It’s an actual privilege to attempt to assess the temper of the nation or the metropolis, whether or not on a presidential or mayoral stage. Both sorts of races have main implications for the day by day lives of Americans, and we take the duty of attempting to get the story proper very significantly. On a lighter observe, New York politics is raucous, unpredictable and a lot enjoyable. At the presidential stage, you get to see completely different components of the nation and meet fascinating political characters — and seek the advice of together with your colleagues on must-visit eating places wherever you’ve landed.

How do you retain up with all the information on the marketing campaign path?

Of course, I learn what my colleagues are writing, in addition to what our opponents are as much as, a bit bit nervously. Watching NY1 is significant at the metropolis stage. And I spend a while on Twitter — I’m not even the most prolific tweeter, I’m simply watching!

You’ve printed greater than 600 articles over the previous two years, in keeping with The New York Times’s archives. Are you capable of take days off?

It’s a seven-days-a-week form of job throughout marketing campaign season, in each circumstances. During campaigns, the candidates need to be out speaking to voters, they usually usually want to do this on Saturdays. You don’t get plenty of sleep — my espresso behavior has been a critical habit since I used to be a teen, and it has solely intensified in the years since. Once the major is over, I’m hoping to flee for a fast trip. After protecting the presidential marketing campaign, I’ve a number of Marriott factors to make use of!

Anywhere particular in thoughts?

My husband and I took a few very chilly street journeys final 12 months: We went to Maine in November, which was stunning, if freezing, and to a really chilly seaside in December. I’m hoping after this major I can go to a seaside when it’s heat.