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FBDC Interview: ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave

We know what you’re thinking about this photo…”there’s nothing more adorable than a puppy and pepaw.”  But don’t get it twisted.  That’s not just any grandpappy — it’s ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave who just so happens to be celebrating his 34th birthday today.  For those of you who don’t know Kris from his on-air antics (chasing crooked carpet cleaners down the street: here or getting real with some ascot awesomeness), this interview is for you. So say “hello” and “happy birthday” to Kris.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?  Ginger ale — classic, great as a mixer, and just a tad spicy.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Martha Raddatz because she’s a fearless reporter and wonderful person.

Do you have a favorite word? Truculent

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Now” and “alright” 

Marimba.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring?  On my iPhone it’s the default “Marimba” and on my work phone is “Droid Invasion.”

What word do you routinely misspell? Most of tehm.

What swear word do you use most often? All of my conversations are polite, respectful, and G-rated…but I hear journalists like one that sounds a bit like “duck.”

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? Hmm…I’d maybe work for an airline.  When I was a kid I always wanted to be a cop or a reporter (especially after it was painfully clear I couldn’t hit a curveball).

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable?  I think I’d attempt to mix the panel with pundits and journalists. Jeff Zeleny, Andrea Mitchell, Bill Press and Sean Hannity. But I’d add a touch of American Gladiators to my show.  I’d equip the pundits– Bill Press and Sean Hannity–with blue and red (respectively) pugil sticks…or maybe nunchucks…who doesn’t like nunchucks?

When you pig out what do you eat?  Pizza. (Editor’s note: he’s also been known to eat numerous grilled cheese sandwiches in a single sitting…truth.)

If you could influence journalism in one way right now what would it be? No more Lindsay Lohan coverage.

When did you last cry and why? I lack tear ducts.

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? Really any bad cop show. In fact the badder the better.

Tell us a secret not many people know about you. #NerdAlert I have about 2 dozen airplane models on my desk. In a related note, people look at you funny when you fly them through the newsroom. Maybe it’s the woosh noise I was making?

What and where was your first job in journalism? I was the technology producer at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. We eventually syndicated “The CyberGuy Report,” with Kurt Knutsson, CyberGuy to rest of the Tribune Stations. 

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? This interview.

When and why did you last laugh so hard you had tears in your eyes? I lack tear ducts.

When and why did you last lose your temper? USC/Notre Dame game. Why? Two words. Lane. Kiffin.

Which movie title best describes your journalism career? Up Close and Personal, duh. Well…actually based on my 7 On Your Side stories lately, “Catch Me if You Can” might be better.

Name jobs you’ve had outside of journalism. I worked at a summer camp for aspiring sportscasters called…Sportscaster Camps of America. Astronaut (just kidding). My godmother’s office assistant during summers in high school.

Do you have a me-wall? If so, who’s on it?  No room. The airplanes take up all the space.

Who should just call it a day? A-Rod.

Finally, please come up for a question for our next FishbowlDC interviewee. Make it good. It could live on infamy. If you were a metro line…which color would you be, and why?

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