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'Meet the Press' Salutes Coronavirus Front Line Fighters

Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd closed out Sunday's special coronavirus edition of the show with a rolling tribute to those on the front lines fighting the virus. 

"As we leave we want to say thank you to the people who can't work from home. These are the men and women who are helping to keep life as normal as possible for the rest of us," he said.


The show's normal credit roll was replaced by the names of those fighting the virus on numerous fronts: National guard, caregivers, cashiers, cooks, chefs, infrastructure workers, delivery workers, doctors, drivers, educators, electricians, farmers, first responders, food manufacturers, gig-economy workers, grocery store staff, healthcare workers, IT workers, janitorial staff, law enforcement, mass transit workers, nurses, petroleum workers, pharmacists, postal workers, retail workers, scientists, security, truckers, waste management professionals, and others. 

Related: COVID-19: The Story of a Lifetime

One category that was not in the scroll was journalists, who keep the rest of the public informed and the government accountable for the response. Among those identified by the Department of Homeland Security as essential workers in the coronavirus fight are "front line news reporters and studio, and technicians for newsgathering and reporting." 

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.