For the next few weeks, we’re going to feature some of our “Rising Star” nominees in our FishbowlDC Interview series. Today, say hello to the Washington Post’s Ernesto Londono.
How many suits do you own? Three. I hate suits; they make me feel itchy and dorky.
What word do you routinely misspell? Ostracize
Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Yes, on a date. Cute medical resident. It was opening night and the theater was packed, so we ended up getting second-row seats. Date never called back.
Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No. I wasn’t interested.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? My Post-issued Blackberry only has that annoying old-school, beeping ring. I’d like to get the ring tone one of my Iraqi colleagues has: a loud, booming prayer to Imam Hussein.
What time did you get up this morning? 11 a.m. But I went to bed late. Filing dailies from Baghdad means Washington routinely keeps you awake until 3 a.m.
When did you last cry and why? Late December, sitting at an airport terminal in Bogota. I was reading a newspaper that published Christmas letters written by people with kidnapped relatives. I didn’t cry; I sobbed. Leaving home always makes me sad.
Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Gluttony. But I think all crime reporters should be exempt.
Beach, city or country? City.
Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? I came in dead last in media bistro?s hottest off-air journalists contest last year. I think my campaign was doomed after the Post’s then-Maryland editor said it would be “weird” for him to vote for me. Nothing like having editors who’ll go to bat for you when you need most.
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)