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FishbowlDC Interview: Rising Star – ABC News’ Jake Tapper

JT.jpgUnless you live under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard the name “Jake Tapper.” As a White House correspondent for ABC News and one of news media’s fastest rising stars, Tapper has quickly established “golden boy” status in Washington. We got to know the golden boy a little better in this FishbowlDC interview:

What has been the biggest surprise about your gig as a WH correspondent?
How collegial the atmosphere is, how intellectually stimulating the stories usually are, how under-the-microscope reporters are.

If you could describe Robert Gibbs in only one word, what would it be?
Gibbsian.

Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
I follow 200+ people, so I wouldn’t want to slight anyone. But I do love the pun wars of @oknox and @jetjocko.

What single person has played the biggest role or had the biggest influence on your career?
David Carr when he was at Washington City Paper convinced me to take the plunge and become a full-time journalist. Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America were the first ones to put me on the teevee on a regular basis. Diane, Charlie Gibson, David Westin, Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel all provided invaluable help and guidance.

Will Stephanopoulos overtake Meet the Press?
Unquestionably.

You’ve been called “the new David Gregory.” Flattering or annoying?
Inaccurate. We’re quite different.

Your career wasn’t the most obvious path to WH correspondent: from the Washington City Paper to VH1 and the Sundance Channel. Was your diverse background a help or hindrance in the pursuit for your current gig?
Almost any experience outside the DC-media-political-industrial complex is a plus, whether it’s being an attorney like Savannah and Chip or working for an alternative weekly, or any of the rich and diverse experiences of some of my colleagues.

What does your morning reading list include?
All the emails that the brilliant members of the ABC News team have sent throughout the night, the NYT, WP, and WSJ, The Note, Playbook, Huffpo, Drudge, TPM, Instapundit…I get on the web and surf.

How many emails do you receive a day? How many do you answer?
Too many; not enough.

What is one of life goal that you’ve yet to check off your list?
There aren’t any. I married a wonderful woman, have an amazing kid with another one on the way, have a job I enjoy and great friends and family — they’re all checked off.

What subject line in an email grabs your attention?
“CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL FROM NIGERIA.”

Who would you cast as Jake in “Tapper,” the movie?*
I would suggest Daniel Day Lewis/Scorcese but the studio would insist on Seth Rogen/Apatow. We’d compromise and go with Paul Rudd/Ramis. It wouldn’t do very well, but that would be my fault.

*Tapper posed the same question to his “followers” on Twitter and “friends” on Facebook. Here are their suggestions:

Removing those actors who are no longer living, their suggestions are: Rin Tin Tin, Leslie Nielsen, Toby Maguire, Brad Pitt, Woody Allen, John Cusack, John Cryer, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Christian Slater, Will Ferrell, John Malkovich, Brad Chase, Vince Vaughn, Matt Dillon, Jake Gyllenhal, Billy Boyd, Matthew Fox, Jack Black, Fred Savage, John Edwards, Ben Stiller, Borat, James Marsden, Josh Charles, Kermit the Frog, Sam Donaldson, George Stephanopoulos, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Luke Wilson, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Dominic West, Steve Carrell, Kevin costner, Paul Rudd, Norm McDonald, Chris Noth, Aaron Eckhart, Rob Livingston, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Piven, Bill Pullman Nicolas Cage, Gerard Christopher, Ben Affleck, Zach Quinto, Ed Norton, Jeremy Northam, Christian Bale, Chris Cooper, Tom Hanks’ son, Jason Sudeikis, Mel Gibson, and Morgan Freeman.

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