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From their Friday Feature:

    Michael McAuliff has covered Congress for the New York Daily News for the last two years and has more recently focused on Hillary Clinton’s WH ’08 campaign. Prior to the Daily News, McAuliff was national editor of ABCNews.com and also worked at a dot-com era web site, APBNews.com. A graduate of Brooklyn College, McAuliff started off writing for local papers in Brooklyn and Manhattan. But today he’s our Friday Feature:

    Where’s your hometown? What was it like growing up there?

    We bounced around a lot in my younger years, but I spent most of my life in Brooklyn. It wouldn’t be wise to go into all the things my friends and I did to amuse ourselves and didn’t get caught at, but there’s one that gives new meaning to the cliche “gritty” — we figured out how to sneak into, and thoroughly explored, the city sewage treatment plant in my neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay. Not a bad metaphor for working in Washington.

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    When I worked at ABCNews.com, my desk was on the set of World News Tonight, just over Peter Jennings’ right shoulder. I got pretty good at being a discreet part of the background scenery during the nightly broadcasts, but somehow it was harder not bellowing or jumping up from my seat during special reports, particularly when I was new there. That’s how I wound up getting scolded by a producer for eating lunch while Jennings was on air.

    If you could have any other job besides the one you have now, what would it be?

    If I had been a better student I might have been an oceanographer or climatologist…

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Meat. No, beer. Well, meat and beer.

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