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Mark Knoller: The FishbowlDC Interview

knoller 4.jpgSay hello to CBS News’ Mark Knoller.

What word do you routinely misspell? Commit or commitment – is it two “m’s” and one “t” or the other way around?

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Ring 5.

What time did you get up this morning? Alarm goes off at 5:50a and I snooze till 6:20a.

When did you last cry and why? Repeats of “The Waltons.” Grampa died.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Way too many.

What’s your favorite letter? X.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? The late Roger Grimsby, anchored Channel 7 in NY when I was growing up.

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, <strong>Mark Silva, Ann Compton)

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Agreeing to do this interview.

Who is your favorite active journalist? My colleague Bill Plante. Classiest act in the business.

What did you have for breakfast? Toasted bagel from Starbucks.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Love those Q-tips.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Turn prose into poetry.

Red or white wine? Diet Cherry Coke, actually.

PG-13 or R? Not much of a difference.

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Jefferson, definitely.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course). I’m more of a wing guy.

Friday night or Saturday night? Friday.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School.” Try again. But I laughed at “The Devil Wears Prada.”

The Palm or Cafe Milano? There’s this diner on Rockville Pike, I like.

Yankees or Red Sox? Couldn’t care less.

Jenna or Barbara? Never met ‘em.

McSteamy or McDreamy? TV shows, right? Never seen ‘em, but I like the woman in “The Closer.”

Leno or Letterman? Letterman. (Moonves owes me for this.)

Stewart or Colbert? Jimmy or Claudette?

Boxers or briefs? And this is your business because…..

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