She had to then go through a Senate confirmation hearing.
Since she was from Arizona, KPNX-TV in Phoenix sent a crew to Washington to cover it.
Photographer Wally Athey, reporter Ron Talley, anchorwoman Linda Alvarez, field producer Bruce Taylor.
We were on top of a building which housed the editing facilities and the satellite uplink we rented. I think there was a view of the Capitol somewhere in the distance.
A quiet moment of conversation between Talley and Taylor in the hallway outside the hearing room.
Here's a little tale about Ron Talley. His real name is Ron Thompson but when he came to work at KTAR-TV, the station had an anchorman named Ray Thompson.
So they changed the young reporter's name and he became Ron Talley for evermore.
The station also changed its name, later becoming KPNX-TV.
Oh, and Sandra Day O'Connor?
She was confirmed and spent 25 years on the high court.