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Ju-Don Marshall Roberts: The FishbowlDC Interview

webJMR.jpgSay hello to washingtonpost.com Managing Editor Ju-Don Marshall Roberts.

How many suits do you own? About a dozen. How many do I wear? None.

What word do you routinely misspell? Ummmmm. Yeah, ummm. Is it one m for a short pause? Or does it change depending on how long you need to pause? I don’t know. It’s so confusing.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No, but I did just waste some money on “I Think I Love My Wife.”

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Asian Jingle

What time did you get up this morning? 6 a.m. then I went back to sleep for 21 minutes.

When did you last cry and why? It’s too painful to recall.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? The real question is which one am I not. Hmmmm.

Beach, city or country? Started out city, now it’s all about the country.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Fierce in the most fabulous sense of the word.

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)


What color is your bathroom? Eggshell

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Several hundred. I stopped counting about a week into starting my job at the Web site 8 years ago.

What’s your opinion of New York City? Love it but not enough to ever live there again.

What’s your favorite letter? Never thought about it, but upon reflection, any that allow me to use it in a text message in place of a word.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? My grandfather, who encouraged me to challenge authority.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Yes, the last one was Anna Deveare-Smith on Ted Talks

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? Not a loyal viewer of the show, but from what I’ve seen, that Tamara Gray can “sang.”

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Currently volunteering with the community services ministry at my church.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Too many to name, but they all work at my current or previous places of employment. What can I say, I’m biased.

What did you have for breakfast? A breakfast wrap from Camille’s.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? Jeans.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? deodorant, no toothpaste, no deodorant…

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? The power to create whatever power I need at the time. It’s all about multitasking.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? Are you kidding? Barbie (and her various personas). She’s not just a cute face in a swimsuit anymore. She hails from many countries and has had many careers. She’s a fashion diva, a doctor, a princess, an actress, a race car driver, a soldier — to name a few. She’s even found some work-life balance. Okay, I have to go now. I’m scaring myself.

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