One of the perks of being a reporter is that your beat can take you to some places that most people will never have the chance to experience. For AP reporter Dylan Lovan, one such place was deep inside a coal mine.
Listen to him describe the obstacles facing a reporter who wants permission to see mining operations up close and the strict safety requirements, including the need to carry a 10-minute oxygen canister on his hip while down below:
Once Lovan emerged from the depths of the earth, he wrote a report on five key things to know about underground coal mining.
Lovan is a print/video reporter who covers religion, the coal industry and the environment in Kentucky. Follow him on Twitter.