Politico White House correspondent Carol Lee isn’t a politician. But she had to recently turn into a politician of sorts to win the contentious at-large seat on the White House Correspondents’ Association Board. The election wasn’t “perf” as she might say – in fact, it turned downright nasty toward the end, with factions supporting and badmouthing one candidate over another. Here, we learn more about the woman who won. She grew up in Levittown, Pa. She attended NYU J-school. She isn’t afraid to cuss at an editor. And no, she doesn’t deem Politico a sweat shop as recent stories suggest. “If anything, I overwork myself,” she says.
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Mountain Dew. The more caffeine the better.
How often do you Google yourself? Maybe once a year.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? My editor in Florida was a loud, swearing, barking newspaper guy, and I’m from Philly so we were pretty candid with each other when discussing stories. He once suggested during a staff meeting that I write a story a certain way, and I said, “That’s the stupidest f—ing idea I’ve ever heard.” It may have been too much. He seemed startled.
Who is your favorite working journalist?
Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News seems to have things figured out.
Do you have a favorite word? No, but I don’t like the word perky.
Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Dinner with Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama would be interesting.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever tune is “normal” on a BlackBerry.
When did you last cry and why? When Donovan McNabb left the Eagles for the Redskins.
What word do you routinely misspell? Maintenance. In fact I misspelled it writing it here before spell check intervened.
What swear word do you use most often? I think I answered that with my editor anecdote earlier.
What word or phrase do you overuse? Perf. It’s short for perfect. I’m addicted.
What TV show do you have to watch? I really only have to watch the Sunday news shows. For fun, I’m a big fan of Modern Family.
Where do you shop most often for your clothes? Vintage, thrift and designer discount stores. Shopping is a sport, and they offer a challenge.
Find out what makes Lee angry and about her stint as a restaurant spy after the jump…