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Capturing How Candidates Eat on the 2020 Campaign Trail

On Eater’s Digest, photojournalist Gary He discusses his life as a food reporter on the political beat

Elizabeth Warren, surrounded by reporters, holds an uneaten corn dog.
Elizabeth Warren, surrounded by reporters, holds an uneaten corn dog.
Gary He

Since the Iowa State Fair in August 2019, photojournalist Gary He and special correspondent Meghan McCarron have been criss-crossing the country covering food on the presidential campaign trail. From a day in the life of eating with Pete Buttigieg or Andrew Yang to examinations of the lavish food spreads offered by billionaire candidates Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg, to a look at the power of the culinary union in Nevada, following the food (and the money) can reveal quite a bit about the candidates and the state of the race.

This week on Eater’s Digest, He discusses what it’s like behind the scenes, what’s real and what’s staged, and how he’s carved out a niche within the press pool.

After our chat, we get into the biggest food stories of the week.

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