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Posts Tagged ‘Marybeth Hicks’

The FishbowlDC Interview With Politico’s Juana Summers

Say hello to Politico national political reporter Juana Summers. At least here in the Fishbowl you may know her best from our highlighting her comical news efforts on Politico‘s Livestream Show. With her signature smirk and black leather jacket, Juana, a Missouri School of Journalism grad, has emerged as one of our fan favorites on the show as she navigates directives from Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei and gracefully tackles otherworldly questions from Mike Allen. She says she enjoys the live show and not knowing what she’s going to be asked next. She also swears that Allen and the other higher-ups never tell her what to wear — “no formal instructions, I get to pick my own wardrobe,” she said in a morning phone interview. We can only imagine that getting fashion tips from Allen could be awkward, but a trip with him to the mall could be quite fun. Juana also gets to say what she pleases on the show. No script. “I’m trying to think of how to be as interesting as possible while still making sense on air,” she explained when we inquired what goes through her head as they’re firing questions at her. In the latest show, VandeHei kept badgering her about when she was going to have her story filed and who was going to edit it — how the hell should she know who will edit her piece, VandeHei? (Somehow we have become arch Juana defenders and take our role seriously. We hope she won’t pay dearly for choosing dinner with Politico‘s Tim Grieve as opposed to VandeHei.) In the summer of 2008, Juana was a web intern for WaPo, where she wrote headlines, cutlines and code for “Sacred Ground” the project documenting the Pentagon memorial for Sept. 11 victims. A Kansas City native, she came to Politico from the The Kansas City Star in November, 2010.

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? If I’m on the clock, just Diet Coke.  If I’m off the clock, Jack and Diet Coke.

How often do you Google yourself? I’ve got self-Google Alerts set up, though I don’t check them as often as I should.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? Back in college, I was told I should give up on political journalism and just “go back to my sorority house.” You see how well I followed that advice.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Jill Abramson from the NYT. I had the opportunity to meet her in ’08. I really respect how she climbed the ranks of a traditionally male driven institution.

Do you have a favorite word? Oscillate. I like the way it sounds.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Fake Jim VandeHei, The Real Jim VandeHei or Politico Pro’s Tim Grieve. Tell us why. And no, all together is NOT an option. As I’ve had dinner with the real Jim VandeHei, I’ll take Tim Grieve. Fake Jim’s love for/obsession with Drudge is a deal breaker.

What’s your funniest TV blooper moment? Being asked during POLITICO Live about the “Santorum campaign bus” and the food we’re provided on the trail.  I purchase my diet of Chicken Nuggets and Egg McMuffins myself and have become quite talented at driving while eating.

What swear word do you use most often? Fuck.

Now for a really serious moment: What is your dream job, money and practicalities aside? If I knew that, it’d take all the fun out of life. But seriously, I’ve got the campaign bug. Love what I’m doing and hope to be doing something similar in four years. Apparently, living out of a suitcase suits me.

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever said to a politician (or vice versa)? I’ve been asked by more than one politician if I’m old enough to be covering their events.

Find out who yelled at Juana on the campaign trail and why…

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FishbowlDC Interview with TWT’s Marybeth Hicks

Say hello to TWT Columnist Marybeth Hicks. Metaphorically, you can find her at the intersection of politics and parenting. Literally, you can find her on the opinion page and in book stores.

Hicks lives in East Lansing, Mich., and is the author of three books, most recently “Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom.” She also pens a weekly column which she started in 2004 focusing on politics and culture and their impact on the American family.

Before writing for TWT, Hicks, a graduate of Michigan State University, worked as a writer in the Reagan White House and in corporate communications. But family life reeled her in. She wanted to work from  home “among the four most important machines in a woman’s life… a laptop, a slow cooker, a washer and a dryer.”

She compares the process of writing her latest book to popping out a baby. “It took about nine months, was painful especially at the end, and a few weeks after it comes out, you stop staring at it all the time and start wishing you could sleep through the night,” she told FBDC. The research put her in uncharted territory, she said, leading her to read up on things like “heteronormativity in Disney movies.” (Google it. We did.)

Hicks is a mother of four. Her daughter Kate Hicks is an editor at

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? A gin and tonic. And never diet tonic. That stuff is disgusting. Extra lime.

How often do you Google yourself? Hardly ever anymore. Early on I used to check to see if my column was getting any traction, but stopped once my daughters were looking over my shoulder and I discovered my name had been trolled and put on a porn site. Cost me hundreds to get it removed! These days it sends me to radical leftist blogs where I’m routinely called an idiot. Tell me something I don’t know.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? Very early in my career, I was reminded by a boss not to have too much fun at work. In retrospect, that was clearly a nice way of telling me to quiet down. At the time I was confused.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Probably Peggy Noonan. I don’t always agree with her. She was pretty gaga over Obama early on, which annoyed me. But that woman could write about sawdust and her sentences would be lovely and lyrical and use alliteration. Her prose rolled through thoughts like a cloud of literary perfection. It would only be a sawdust essay, but it would be a thing of beauty and I would be jealous. As usual.

Do you have a favorite word? Finished. As in, “I am finished with yet another column. Time for a gin and tonic.” Deadlines haunt me.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Salon’s Joan Walsh, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker or NYT‘s Maureen Dowd. Tell us why. Really? You’re going to make me look like a mean girl in the Fishbowl interview? Because the honest answer is Jonah Goldberg. But if I must, Kathleen Parker, so I can tell her how much I loved her old stuff, back when she was a conservative, and ask if it was a bigger sellout to endorse President Obama or co-host with [Eliot] Spitzer. See, that just makes me seem mean and I’m not.

What’s your funniest TV blooper moment (or radio or print interview moment)? Well, while promoting Kool-Aid, [ex-Human Events journo] Jason Mattera told me during a radio interview that he wished I was his mom. Then he implied that for a mom, I was hot. That was awkward. I changed the subject.

What swear word do you use most often? You’re trying to ruin my Catholic mom image, aren’t you? Okay, well, it depends. The “s” word when I drop or break things; stronger language as the situation warrants. But I’m Irish, so once I vent, it’s over and we’re having a beer.

Read about Hicks’ edamame problem after the jump…

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TWT Columnist Lands Book Deal, Author to Warn of Impending Doom for Children

The good news? Marybeth Hicks, a weekly culture columnist for TWT, is getting a book deal.

Regnery Publishing announced today that it has signed a publishing contract with Hicks. Her new book, Generation S, comes out in the winter of 2011. In a nutshell, Generation S “explores the Left’s systematic indoctrination of America’s children and the socialist agenda that threatens to destroy our children.”

And now for the bad news: “Hicks will warn that our children may become the first generation of American socialists, succumbing to a governmental system that robs them of liberty and prosperity in the name of social order,” states a release from Regnery on her book.