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Carrie Dann: The FishbowlDC Interview

headshot2.jpgSay hello to NBC’s Carrie Dann.

What word do you routinely misspell? The President of Iran. Yeah, his name. I’m hopeless.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Blackberry Pro 3 (After friends and family vetoed the Fraggle Rock Theme Song.)

What time did you get up this morning? 545 am.

When did you last cry and why? Who, me? Too tough for tears, of course!

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Probably 250

What’s your favorite letter? V

(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, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katheri
ne Lewis
, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum, Bob Madigan, Gene Gibbons, Nico Pitney, John Mercurio, Jason Reich, Mark Stencel, Helene Cooper, Tom Gjelten, Joe Strupp, Barton Gellman, Jed Babbin, FamousDC, Judy Woodruff, Robb Harleston, Todd Zwillich)

Also, drop us a line to let us know who else you’d like FishbowlDC to interview. They must work in the Washington area and you must include their email address.


What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? NBC Political Director Chuck Todd had the vision to know — long before I did — that sending me to live in Des Moines for four months before the Iowa caucuses would be the best thing that ever happened to me. So, Chuck.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Does “volunteering” to cover Bill Clinton in Steubenville, Ohio, count?

Who is your favorite active journalist? Tim Russert. Anyone who’s seen the NBC team at its best in the last few months knows exactly what I mean by that. (Also, Ron Brownstein is head-spinningly smart.)

What did you have for breakfast? A banana and an unhealthy amount of coffee.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Shampoo (for shine and bounce)

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? The ability to make editors and spokespersons forget the last silly question I asked.

Red or white wine? Gin.

PG-13 or R? R, for pervasive strong language, thematic elements, and some crude humor.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln. No contest.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Leg.

Friday night or Saturday night? Friday. Fun’s more rewarding if you’re fighting through a week’s worth of fatigue.
“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Old School, for the debate scene.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? You vastly overestimate my classiness. I’ve been plenty happy to find an open barbeque place at the end of a long day.

Yankees or Red Sox? Conscientious objector.

Jenna or Barbara? For 2012? Gosh, I’d have to think about it.

McSteamy or McDreamy? Ummm.. lean incumbent?

Leno or Letterman? Leno pays the NBC bills.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart for the booking, Colbert for The Word

Boxers or briefs? No, Fishbowl, I will not fall into your punny trap and answer “Depends.”

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