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April 18, 2012

Girls on the Bus

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JOY LIN, 28, Fox News Channel
Follow her: @joyindc
On the road since: June 2011

The daily grind: I wake up in a different city every morning, often not knowing where I'll be next, carrying more than 40 pounds of equipment from stop to stop. At night, I'm still filing notes and video back to headquarters. Once, I got two hours of sleep in a 36-hour span. My idea of a day off is sleeping more than six hours.

Professional coup: The night of the South Carolina primary, I was the first to get winner Newt Gingrich on camera. I powered up my LiveU backpack, which transmits live video via wireless cards, and waited by the elevator I knew he would need to take to his victory party. As soon as the doors opened, the control room took my camera live, which was exhilarating, given how much I was being pushed and shoved by crowds and security.

Life (and love) on the trail: I'm getting married in June, and I've been fortunate enough to have my fiancé, Trevor, and my parents pick up the wedding planning. Trevor took his parents, who live in western Massachusetts, to see mine in Seattle and visit our venue. He also finished making the invitations, interviewed DJs, and found our officiant.

On staying healthy (or not): I don't usually eat fries, but fast food is a regular staple on the trail. I bought my wedding dress one size down, and I packed a measuring tape in my suitcase to hit my marks, but it looks like I need to log more time at the gym.

What I've learned: Four years ago, when I was covering Mike Huckabee, all the other full-time embeds were men. This time around, all the network embeds following Gingrich are women. It's been rewarding to travel with other female journalists who show me that, in a world of trade-offs, it's possible to have the life you wish for.


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