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The Fishbowl Interview With Emily Heil

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Emily Heil.jpg Say hello to Emily Heil, who writes the must-read, polished Heard on the Hill gossip column with Elizabeth Brotherton for Roll Call. It’s always great to see Emily at a party and watch her hard at work. And personally, I enjoy the fact that she has the good sense to see merit in covering lawmakers’ facial hair. Speaking of hair, be sure to read her comical “Most Embarrassing Career Moment” after the jump.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Champagne

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never-it’s too scary.

Who is your favorite working journalist? My husband, Eric Hoover, a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? I saw “Twilight” and I confess I’ve read the whole series. Neither is my “type,” but I wouldnÂ’t kick Robert Pattinson out of my coffin.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both. Over champagne and mooseburgers.

When did you last cry and why? Yesterday. RIP, Corey Haim.

What word do you routinely misspell? Anything that’s i-before-e. I guess it’s my last name that makes me want to reverse it.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever’s the Blackberry default. Exciting, I know.

What swear word do you use most often? Fracking. Eric Massa and I have at LEAST one thing in common.

What word or phrase do you overuse? See above!

What TV show do you have to watch? Lost. Don’t bother calling me on Tuesday nights.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I love a bargain: eBay, Filene’s, and vintage stores.

More funny, fracking details about Heil after the jump…


Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? I get my daytime talk from my Roll Call neighbors. We do ongoing commentary on the day’s news. Hilarious.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Probably Ray LaHood. He’s Secretary of Transportation, so he could figure out how to get us off the fracking island. Or Jeff Flake. We could play with sand crabs together.

Who was your mentor? I never had a formal mentor, but I’ve been lucky to work with inspiring and encouraging people. Karen Stairs was the reporter at the Eastern Shore news who got me my first job; Julie Rovner at NPR taught me everything I know about the Hill, and my Roll Call editors, Charlie Mitchell and Debbie Bruno, are unfailingly supportive.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? In my current job, I think it was Ben Pershing who first told me where the bathroom was at Roll Call. I’m forever indebted to him for that.

What and where was your first job in journalism? I was a staff writer for the Eastern Shore News in Tasley, Virginia. I was 16, and making five bucks an hour, which was Real Money at the time.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? I don’t know about “most” embarrassing, but the most recent embarrassing incident was when I had sort of John Edwards moment on TV, where the camera caught me fixing my hair.

What’s the biggest scoop you’ve ever had? I think my reporting on the facial-hair developments of members of Congress is unparalleled.

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