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Steve Chaggaris: The FishbowlDC Interview

2421774579_9dddaa2091.jpgSay hello to Steve Chaggaris, CBS News’ director of political coverage.

What word do you routinely misspell? Separate.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate

What time did you get up this morning? 5:30am on Tuesdays; 6:30am on other weekdays

When did you last cry and why? As a New England Patriots fan, I was crying on the inside when the NY Giants’ David Tyree made this catch.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? I lose count when I get to 300…

What’s your favorite letter? This one.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? What do you call the superpower that Plastic Man has? That one…

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? I would not still be at CBS News today if it weren’t for former Washington Bureau Chief Janet Leissner, who always believed in my abilities and always seemed to find something relevant for me to do.

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, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katherine Lewis, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley)

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When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Yeah, I gotta work on this one. Other than speaking to the college kids about the journalism business, my cupboard is bare.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Do I have to play favorites? Let’s just say at CBS I work — and have worked — with an amazingly talented group of journalists on a daily basis, a group that teaches me more than I probably give back to them. (Okay, did I stay out of trouble with that one?)

What did you have for breakfast? A cup of yogurt and a multivitamin.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toothbrush.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? <What do you call the superpower that Plastic Man has? That one…

Red or white wine? White

PG-13 or R? All the best movies are rated R

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? I used to say Jefferson but the Lincoln is so striking as the first thing you see while driving over the Memorial Bridge from Virginia…

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Leg, preferably KFC extra crispy

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday night

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Neither are in my Top 10 but I’ll take “Wedding Crashers” with the sappy parts edited out (especially the last 20 minutes…awful)

The Palm or Cafe Milano? I’m more of a Martin’s Tavern guy…though if I had to choose: The Palm.

Yankees or Red Sox? Patriots. Then Red Sox.

Jenna or Barbara? Hanna Barbera

McSteamy or McDreamy? Mayor McCheese

Leno or Letterman? Letterman, no question.

Stewart or Colbert? Colbert

Boxers or briefs? This is something I’m sure most of your readers do not want to envision… I can tell you, though, it ain’t these.

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