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Jennifer Sergent: The FishbowlDC Interview

Sergent_Jennifer.jpgSay hello to Jennifer Sergent, editor in chief of HGTV Ideas and Food Network magazines at Scipps Media.

What word do you routinely misspell? Accommodate. Is that right? It’s probably wrong.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? No name – it’s the factory-issued ring.

What time did you get up this morning? 7:30

When did you last cry and why? I saw an early screening of the movie “The Bucket List” last week. Cried like a baby at the end. Go see it!

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Maybe 75.

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, <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)

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What’s your favorite letter? One that’s hand-written on beautiful stationery.

</BWhat single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? My grandmother, Dorothy McCardle, who covered the first ladies from the Truman through Ford administrations for the Washington Post. Before that, she covered crime for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She died when I was 8, but left her memoirs, which read like a thriller novel. A courageous, fearless reporter. I want to be like her when I grow up.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? With two little kids at home, I have to sheepishly admit that it’s been a while. I quit the Junior League when my 6-year-old was born.

<Who is your favorite active journalist? Anne Hull. When I was a reporter in Florida and she was at the St. Pete Times, I became a groupie when she taught a feature-writing seminar at a Poynter workshop. I was so excited when she came to the Washington Post. Her writing just sings. Lane DeGregory, who still writes features at St. Pete, is cut from the same cloth.

What did you have for breakfast? Rice Chex.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Just one? How about a toothbrush that holds shampoo in the handle?

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? To be in several places at once.

Red or white wine? Red AND white wine.

PG-13 or R? I’m a mom now. PG-13.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Washington Monument.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Leg.

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday night.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Oh dear. I haven’t seen either of them.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Cafe Milano.

Yankees or Red Sox? I went to school in Massachusetts – Red Sox!!

Jenna or Barbara? Jenna.

McSteamy or McDreamy? I’m failing at pop culture – is there a difference?

Leno or Letterman? Leno.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart.

Boxers or briefs? Boxers. Totally.

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