Tuesday, November 24, 2020

2020-11-24 - “Chap and Teach Take Me Back '90s” podcast guest appearance


On the “Chap and Teach Take Me Back '90s” podcast, John Robertson (Teach) and Brandon Chapman (Chap) relive some of the best aspects of the '90s.

On Episode 8, released Nov. 24, 2020, I was a guest on the podcast, during which we discussed the Friday night “TGIF” programming on ABC. I have uploaded the episode here:

Both Brandon Chapman and John Robertson have also been guests on my podcast, “The Rob Burgess Show.” I have also been a guest on Brandon Chapman's podcast, "Sounding Off."

Monday, November 16, 2020

Rob Burgess - Election Night Reporter

Here is a list of elections I have been honored to have been asked to serve as an Election Night Reporter for:

2020 Election Night Reporter for Edison Research

During the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, I worked as the Election Night Reporter for Wabash County, Indiana for Edison Research. “We provide exit poll and vote results information to news organizations to analyze the results of the election and project election results,” according to the company. About a week before the election., I completed a five- to 10-minute rehearsal call. On Election Night, Edison Research provided a number to call and I read the results for President; Governor; and U.S. House, Congressional District 2 off to one of their operators as they were updated throughout the evening. “I would like to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication on Election Night! The Edison Research team and viewers around the world appreciate all of the work you put into this Election. The reporting of the results that you watched online or on your TV was only possible with your help,” said Election Coordinator Taylor DelRocco on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2020.

2016 Associated Press Primary Election Stringer

During the May 3, 2016 primary election, I served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. Here is a section from the instructional packet describing the duties involved:

"The results you provide are accumulated and distributed to newspapers, broadcasters, cable networks and websites across the nation for immediate publication and broadcast. We are providing real-time results so speed is important, but the accuracy of the information you provide is of utmost importance. We want to be fast, but first we want to be right. AP reporting places priority on accuracy, timeliness and completeness in that order. By achieving these goals, we will have a successful election night."
During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Democratic presidential, Republican presidential, Republican U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. House District 4, Democratic U.S. House District 5 and Republican U.S. House District 5.

2016 Associated Press General Election Stringer

During the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, I again served as an Election Stringer for the Associated Press for Howard County, Indiana. During this election I made no less than half-dozen calls throughout the night to the AP, updating them on the following races: Presidential, Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Education, U.S. House District 4, U.S. House District 5, Public Question Right to Hunt, State House District 30, State House District 32 and State House District 38.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Winner – Third Place - Arts and Entertainment Writing (publication circulation below 30,000) - Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Best in Indiana Contest

 On Monday, May 18, 2020, the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2019 Best in Indiana Journalism Contest. The awards banquet was originally scheduled for this April, but the chapter announced that they would be announcing the winners online instead due to safety concerns around COVID-19.

I won third place for Arts and Entertainment Writing for publications with circulation below 30,000: https://www.wabashplaindealer.com/news/burgess-wins-spj-award/article_c7518c05-4c01-56b4-b9fe-990c85fd598f.html


My entry included five stories published in 2019. These stories included interviews with Amy Grant, David Crosby, Buck Trent of “Hee Haw,” Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys and Patrick Myers of Killer Queen before their respective performances at the Honeywell Center:

2019-08-03 - WPD - You will remember David Crosby's name


2019-12-12 - WPD - The Oak Ridge Boys to bring a 'Down Home Christmas'


2019-09-28 - WPD - Amy Grant in motion


2019-07-03 – WPD - 'Hee Haw' returns, this time to the stage


2019-06-15 - WPD - Killer Queen will rock you


The Best in Indiana Journalism contest is Indiana’s only open journalism contest. This was the 41st year that journalists from around the state competed in dozens of print, broadcast and online categories. The rest of the 2019 award winners may be found here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5756ccd7cf80a1df079406c4/t/5ec285d639a7d161d0d25b1f/1589806550818/2020+awards+results_FINAL_TDedit.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1WkXhNfcDiZtQmE0VSVLVoAjgs4oL6Aryy46r9K9a3zXI4dF9Rh0N2QZw