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Updated Oct 4, 2012 - 10:10 am

10 lasting memories from Denver debate

DENVER -- Ten things News/Talk 92.3 reporter Jim Cross will remember about the first Obama-Romney presidential debate:

1. International perspectives on American politics from reporters I interviewed from Japan and Canada.

2. Interviewing former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Regardless of politics, he was a rock after Sept. 11.

3. How a university for 11,000 students could accommodate 3,000 journalists and countless political heavyweights in a way that would create awe in most major universities. That whole staff was incredible and nobody puts together a better media-care package.

4. Watching around 5,000 people sitting outside in 40- degree temperatures and a wind storm to watch the debate because they feel so passionately about the issues.

5. Seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time in 20 years.

6. The storm.

7. People who tried to make a buck on Craigslist.

8. Being in the Spin Alley for the first time. Convinced the term "media circus" is a result of this.

9. The look in people's eyes and the sound of their voice, no matter their party affiliation, just wanting the President or Mitt Romney to solve the economic challenges and put millions of Americans back to work.

10. How amazing the city of Denver is.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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