Say hello to Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody. He’s a political reporter covering the 2012 presidential race. He has traveled to 20 countries, and before covering politics, he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. Moody is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Government at Johns Hopkins University and he lives in Washington, D.C.
Moody grew up in Southern California. He spent his childhood in LA and his teenage years in San Diego.
As he explains his adult life until now, “During and after college I spent a long time hitching/backpacking around Asia, parts of Central America, Europe and the Western US and then came to DC after I got my fill. Showed up in DC with a suitcase and slept on a friend’s couch while I looked for a job. Got some freelance work here and there and then was hired to run the social media program for a think tank. After two years, I got my chance at The Daily Caller covering Congress.”
We’ll share just one item from his bucket list: “There’s a trail through the jungle between Myanmar and Thailand that is known for smuggling refugees out of the totalitarian country. I’d like to spend some time with them.” Read on.
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Any kind as long as it’s preceded by a mouthful of Pop Rocks.
How often do you Google yourself? Um, hello, I use Yahoo!, obviously…
Who is your favorite working journalist and why? So sorry, but I gotta divide this one up: For long-form features I think Reason’s Mike Riggs and National Review’s Bob Costa are doing sensational work. ABC’s Jake Tapper is reinventing what it means to be a national TV reporter in the new media environment, and Slate’s David Weigel deserves serious props for his ability to masterfully explain What It All Means on a consistent basis.
Do you have a favorite word? churlish.
What word or phrase do you overuse? I may have dropped “dude” outside the Senate chamber during interviews with members a few times.
Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, The Daily
Caller’s Michelle Fields or NBC’s Tom Brokaw. Tell us why. Brokaw. He’s been in the game the longest, and I think he would have some fascinating stories to tell.
What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had while on the campaign trail and who was it with? Well, RuPaul and I shared a moment in New Hampshire this week that was generally fabulous.
Tell us a funny story from the road. Can be long or short. After police kicked me out of a fancy hotel in Palm Beach for trying to cover Herman Cain a few months ago, I drove up to Orlando to try my luck there and spent a day at a place called The Holy Land Experience, where he was giving a speech. It’s near Disney World, and they re-enact the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ daily. Cain spoke immediately after Jesus returned to take back the faithful in a cloud of glory. It was, by far, the best campaign event of the cycle to date.
What’s the most revolting thing you’ve eaten in your campaign travels? And the best? The worst: Any time you’re scarfing down fast food at midnight because you haven’t eaten anything all day, you feel a pretty standard sense of shame. The best: On New Years Eve in Des Moines–that hotspot of revelry and bacchanalia–a bunch of reporters and I enjoyed some of the best steak I’ve ever had. It was pricey, but worth it.
Which candidate would you most like to fight with? Break bread with? Go jogging with? Fight: If I had to choose, I’d fight Buddy Roemer, but it would be a friendly match with the pretense of mutual respect. The guy’s intense. He could totally throw down and it would be awesome. Eat: I’d break bread with Gary Johnson, because it is assumed that our senses would be heightened at the time. Run: This is an easy one, but I’d jog with Rick Perry so we could shoot stuff with guns.
Based on what you know so far, who gets the nomination? The master overlords haven’t sent me my marching orders yet. But I should get them next Wednesday.
Which campaign staff has been the most pleasant to deal with? Newtmann Caingrich’s people are pretty chill.
Without naming names, tell us some shitty thing that has happened in the
course of your coverage. Every time you don’t call a reporter back, a beautiful fairy dies a horrible death. Just saying.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? 4 minutes and 33 seconds, by John Cage.
It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do
you check your BlackBerry? Sadly, yes. (WHAT IF SOMEONE TWEETED TO ME???)
What word do you routinely misspell? teh.
What swear word do you use most often? After hanging out with Rick Santorum for a while, I’ve become partial to “horsey-assy,” although I’m still not sure if it’s meant as a cuss word.
Moody’s most embarrassing work experience involves Rep. Barney Frank. You don’t want to miss this one…