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April 18, 2012

Girls on the Bus

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ALEX MOE, 24, NBC News
Follow her: @AlexNBCNews
On the road since: July 2011

The daily grind: Before the Iowa caucuses, I lived in a hotel in Des Moines for just over five months and only went back to my home in Maryland twice—once because I got stuck at the airport for weather and missed my connection.

Professional coup: In January, I was the first to report that the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party was going to resign. Also, doing my very first live shot on MSNBC was a big deal for me. Having graduated college only two short years ago, I never would have dreamed that I would already be reporting on a cable news channel!

Insider gossip: Newt Gingrich loves McDonald's and Diet Coke, takes his coffee black, has "Dancing Queen" as his ringtone, and, despite being 68 years old, can get barely any sleep and still function on the campaign trail.

Life (and love) on the trail: With the craziness of the campaign, the last thing you want is someone to complain about how much you are working—as if you don't have enough stress already! Sometimes you get lucky, though, like I have been: The guy I'm dating drove four hours to come and see me on the campaign trail for only a few hours. It was really sweet.

What I've learned: It can sometimes be tough out there trying to compete for position with large cameramen in press scrums, but you just can't let people intimidate you or push you around.

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