Andrew Liang, a Scholastic News Kid Reporter from Johns Creek, filed the following reports from Charlotte, NC:
The Democratic National Convention concluded last night with President Barack Obama's speech accepting his party's nomination to run for a second term.
Tens of thousands of delegates, Democratic Party members, journalists, and volunteers packed Time Warner Cable Arena to hear the President's speech. Some arrived as early as 2 p.m., even though the speech was scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
The Charlotte Convention Center was extremely busy at noon on Wednesday, the second day of the Democratic National Convention, as this Kid Reporter and his editor, Dante, tried to navigate through the crowds to join the line for the Youth Council Meeting, one of several events that day.
Dozens of people were in line, both children and adults, waiting to be granted access to the ballroom on the second floor of the convention center where the event was going to be held.
The Youth Council Meeting was going to be a two-hour meeting celebrating the importance of young people to the Democratic Party and featuring several speakers and panel discussions about President Obama's re-election campaign. Anybody under the age of 36 was considered by the council as a youth voter.
The Democratic National Convention is in its final night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The 20,000 seat arena is completely packed and the section my editors, Dante and Kristen, and I are sitting in is filled. I can't even imagine how many people there would have been if the convention tonight were held according to plans in the 74,000 seat Bank of America Stadium!
Early this morning, I found out that I would have the opportunity to interview Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of the Today Show on NBC. So my editor Kristen and I got to the Time Warner Cable Arena as quickly as possible!
In the same suite that I interviewed Andrea Mitchell, I spoke with Guthrie in between segments of the Today Show. She talked to me about covering politics, being a good journalist, and her favorite assignments
There were more than 4,000 delegates present at the role call of states during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last night, but Steven Sherman was the oldest of all of them. Sherman is one of the only delegates in a wheelchair — and he's the oldest delegate at 91 years old.
Born the same year Warren Harding, the 29th President, took office, he is at the convention to help Barack Obama get re-elected as the 44th President of the United States.
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