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Robb Harleston: The FishbowlDC Interview

rharlest.jpgSay hello to C-SPAN’s Robb Harleston.

What word do you routinely misspell? routinelly

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? For “known” callers the ring is “Treo.” For “unknown” callers the ring is “Sunset Trip.”

What time did you get up this morning? 6:45am

When did you last cry and why? not for public discussion

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 150-175

What’s your favorite letter? the one i get each year from the IRS saying i’m getting a refund

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What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Ed Bradley. He always had a great story to tell and did it with the best combination of authoritativeness (word?) and smoothness in the business. I’ll never be in his league, but it’s nice to be in his profession.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Can’t remember. That’s a shame.

Who is your favorite active journalist? I have two. Steve Hartman at CBS for the types of up close and personal stories he does. And, Zain Vergee at CNN. She’s a fantastic correspondent and incredibly easy on the eyes.

What did you have for breakfast? Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts, left over Chinese and Pink Grapefruit Juice

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toilet paper.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? I would love the ability to travel back and forth through time.

Red or white wine? Red

PG-13 or R? R

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln. I love the view from the steps. And it’s where MLK told the world of his dream.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Breast. Let the one-liners begin.

Friday night or Saturday night? Friday night. It tends to be more spontaneus.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” “Wedding Crashers”

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Haven’t been to either. That’s my life on the D-list.

Yankees or Red Sox? Yankees. I’ll take 26 rings and a choker over just 7 rings any day.

Jenna or Barbara? Neither. As “First Daughters” go it would be a toss up between Caroline Kennedy or Patti Davis.

McSteamy or McDreamy? Again, neither. I don’t even know what a “McSteamy” or “McDreamy” is. Seriously.

Leno or Letterman? Letterman.

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart.

Boxers or briefs? What every self-respecting gentleman should say when asked this question, “Unless you’re washing them, it’s none of your damnbusiness.”

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