Taking you behind the scenes - for reporters - on Capitol Hill

While 2017 has been quite the year when it comes to politics, the only thing that really changed for reporters on Capitol Hill was the pace of news associated with President Donald Trump's administration and the Republican Congress. It was busy. At times, it seemed overwhelming. But it didn't stop us from doing our job.

So, let's try to pull back the curtain on what goes on for me and my colleagues who try to cover the U.S. House and Senate.

My broadcast booth in the U.S. Senate is stuffed with electronics gear up in the attic above the third floor, wedged in next to the upper reaches of the Old Senate Chamber. There are no windows, but it is a rabbit warren of broadcast booths for the major television networks and a series of national radio reporters. This a photo taken recently by Astrid Riecken of the Washington Post.

What does it look like from another angle? Here is a pack of reporters pursuing Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). That's me on the left, trying to make sure that I don't walk over the still photographers looking for their shot.

Happy New Year - I think 2018 will be just as entertaining for political reporters in Congress.

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