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Ann Compton: The FishbowlDC Interview

comptonintpic2.JPG Say hello to ABC’s Ann Compton.

What word do you routinely misspell? In this administration: subpoena.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? silent — the President hates to be interrupted during photo ops. (I misspell interrupted, too.)

What time did you get up this morning? 5:20a

When did you last cry and why? Actually, I can’t remember.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? afternoon rush hour sometimes 400 — all work related.

What’s your favorite letter? a gentle handwritten apology from Bush41 after he snapped at one of my questions.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strong>Mark Silva)

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What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? TV host Kathy Thornton and station owner Tom Chisman of Virginia saw me as a journalist long before I did.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? June commencement address for learning disabled prep school in Connecticut but nothing as deeply fulfilling as Steve Scully and Mike Allen do.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Garrett Graff

What did you have for breakfast? black coffee

What one toiletry item could you not live without? uh, soap

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Will Power.

Red or white wine? yes, please.

PG-13 or R? not many PG-13s out there any more

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Jefferson – I’m a Virginia girl.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Is this a guy question?

Friday night or Saturday night? Definitely Friday

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” ” Drop Dead Gorgeous ” and ” Legally Blonde ”

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Chef Geoff’s

Yankees or Red Sox? Nats

Jenna or Barbara? Mothers do not choose one over another

McSteamy or McDreamy? hmmmmMcDreamy

Leno or Letterman? Nightline

Stewart or Colbert? for the WHCA dinner?

Boxers or briefs? I wasnt shocked when an MTV kid asked President Clinton that. I WAS stunned that he answered. Do you remember what he said?

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