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John McCalla: The FishbowlDC Interview

mccallamug.JPGSay hello to Washington Business Journal’s John McCalla (a hottie).

How many suits do you own? Probably not enough for the new job. Let me know if you hear of any good sales.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Misspell” is kind of tricky.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Yes. Eh.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No, I have a Tom Hanks allergy.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? The “Six Feet Under” theme.

What time did you get up this morning? 5 a.m. Pretty good for a weekend.

When did you last cry and why? Watching “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” for the 24th time.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Probably all of them, so I guess gluttony.

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)


Beach, city or country? City near a beach. Rio works.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? I dated myself, but now we’re just close friends.

What color is your bathroom? Shoreline Blue. I can’t believe I know that.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? More than 100.

What’s your opinion of New York City? Love it. Why, what did it say about me?

What’s your favorite letter? The “friendly” letter. And PJ Harvey’s song, “The Letter.”

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Easy, [former Washington Business Journal Editor] Beth Hunt.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? No. Just lots of music.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? Kelly Clarkson. Didn’t keep track after that.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Servathon in D.C. last spring.

Who is your favorite active journalist? L.A. Times’ Steve Lopez. (Loved his Philadelphia Inquirer days.)

What’s your favorite item of clothing? Gym shorts.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Floss. (Please show my dentist this interview.)

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? I would just be happy to get over my laundry phobia.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? They had nothing on “Star Wars” action figures.

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