When Chris was on location reporting on the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, last December, keeping a dry eye throughout the nearly weeklong broadcast was almost impossible. “You cannot interview people directly affected by such a thing and not feel the pain they are feeling. As a reporter, I have to allow that to happen so I can communicate the emotion authentically to the viewers,” Chris emphasized. “You meet family members of the victims; you meet members of the community. You cry with them. At times, it can be a challenge to find the balance of being a communicator and establishing that necessary distance.”
Hayes talks about his show’s name:
Your old show was called “Up.” The new one is “All In.” You really like the prepositions, huh?
At one point in the naming process, someone came into my office and I literally was sitting there staring at the Wikipedia entry for “English prepositions.” So, yes, I do. “Let’s call the show ‘Athwart!’”