Despite warnings of violence, no one showed up to protest at Alaska’s Capitol, armed or otherwise
This story was as relieving to me as it was boring probably to you.
All week, I was engaged in conversations with other news managers across the country about how to keep reporters safe during a potentially violent weekend across the country. People shared tips on where to buy bulletproof vests, on whether it was better to wear contacts or glasses when getting tear gassed, on whether wearing your press badge proudly and prominently would make you a target or potentially save you.
It's not possible to be fully prepared for the unthinkable, but my mind was open going into the weekend -- open to a number of deeply disturbing possibilities for my reporters. I felt like a mom sending her kids to their first overnight trip -- promise me you'll check in every 30 minutes! Do you have an N-95 mask? Memorize my number in case you get arrested! Don't wear black, they might think you're ANTIFA! I had a buddy system worked out for them.
But nothing happened. No one showed up at Alaska's Capitol building (besides my over-prepared reporters). I slept a little bit easier on Sunday night, but I haven't lost the edge yet. It was a good drill, a good mental exercise -- and I guess I'm ready as I'll ever be for whatever it is that's coming.
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor