Back in early September, reporter Andrew Kitchenman and I attended an online election prep course called “The Weirdest Election Day Ever,” but we were prepping for next Tuesday long before that.
I'm using the shortened form of the word -- “prepping” -- intentionally. Like “preppers” who actively prepare to survive major disruptions, we’ve been anticipating the potential social disorder or other big news events that could be awaiting us come November. That’s on top of our already ratcheted up response to the pandemic we’ve been covering since March.
We’ve been working hard to pull together a lot of stories and programs to make sure you are as informed as you can possibly be in this weird world we find ourselves in. You can find most of it compiled on our elections page: KTOO.org/elections. But chances are you've been hearing all this hard work on the air for months.
All of this has taken every bit of resources we have in the KTOO newsroom and more when we add in the collaborations with reporters at other stations and news organizations in the state.
Your support makes this important work possible. If you didn't make a contribution last week during our on-air member drive, it's not too late. Do it now, so we can keep you prepared for the “Weirdest Election Night Ever” and for whatever comes after that.
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor