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Green room diarist

Update: Click here to read Brian Williams' account of this "must-see election" that ran in TV Guide on Wednesday, Feb. 27.


By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor

I'm sitting in a cinder-block green room (it's beige) with NBC News President Steve Capus and producer Subrata De. We'll now gather with Debate Producer Phil Alongi, Tim Russert, Political Director Chuck Todd, Meet the Press Executive Producer Betsy Fischer and others...for the next-to-last prep session before tonight's debate.

My attention is, for now, split -- we also have to turn our attention back to Nightly News -- we just concluded our afternoon editorial conference call. So that's going to be it from here until the evening has concluded. I've posted a video from the stage -- it should nicely set the scene until airtime. We hope you can join us from Cleveland -- where the snow is falling fast...and the clock is ticking down until the moment the candidates are seated and the red light goes on.