‘Saul’ better call local court reporter

From “Better Call Saul” (Season 1, Episode 1), real-life veteran court reporter Jennifer Bean appears with a Big Gulp drink cup and an authentic steno machine, circa early 2000s. (Ursula Coyote/AMC TV)

From “Better Call Saul” (Season 1, Episode 1), real-life veteran court reporter Jennifer Bean appears with a Big Gulp drink cup and an authentic steno machine, circa early 2000s. (Ursula Coyote/AMC TV)

Jennifer Bean, an Albuquerque veteran court reporter, helped open the recent premiere of AMC-TV’s “Better Call Saul,” portraying a role she does best: being a court reporter.
“I wanted to be part of this, but I was worried about how I would be portrayed. It had to be ethical. I couldn’t play a sleezeball court reporter and then have my (real-life) judge see that and wonder what I was doing in that show,” says Bean, 60, a New Mexico certified court reporter since 1977 and owner of Bean & Associates Inc., a professional court reporting service.

Bean helped nail her role by providing her own prop, an authentic steno machine, circa the early 2000s, the time period 

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