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The FishbowlDC Interview With Bloomberg’s Health Care Reporter Anna Edney

Say hello to Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney. Born and raised in Bowie, Md., she is a health care reporter for Bloomberg. Her resume informs that she has worked at a number of insidery Washington publications. They include Congress Daily, NJ, FDA Week, Inside Washington Publishers and the Washington Examiner. Her colleague, Sophia Yan, describes her like this: “Anna’s fun, sweet, full of surprises and incredibly tough. I think she’s an incredible woman.” Tough is right. While Edney’s press experience may sound wonky, you might not want to cross her. She once got a teacher fired for selling crack. Carry on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Orange Fanta

How often do you Google yourself? When I want to see my dog you awarded “Most Beautiful” in the FishbowlDC’s DogBowl 2010, so a lot is the answer.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t think of anything awful I’ve said.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Christopher Hitchens. What’s not to love?

Do you have a favorite word? humdinger

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Chris Matthews

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? I’d choose Bo. I’m obviously a dog person.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Glacial groove

When did you last cry and why? Ha, no way.

What word do you routinely misspell? Occasion

What swear word do you use most often? fuck

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? A farmer.

Our last interviewee, Fake Jim VandeHei, has an important question for Edney after the jump…

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick three to four journalists or pundits types.) Erin McPike (RealClearPolitics), Carrie Dann (MSNBC) and Kasie Hunt (Politico). You’ve got to stick with your best friends.

When you pig out what do you eat? Nachos, preferably from 7-11

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”

What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Peru

Pick one: Will Ferrell’s Bush impersonation or Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin? Tina Fey

Do you read your astrology? No

Tell us a secret many people don’t know about you. I can’t cross my eyes.

Who is your mentor? My dad. He’s not a reporter but he’s the smartest person I know.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? Do what scares you.

What and where was your first job in journalism? Covering all things Prince George’s County for the Prince George’s Journal.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? When Ralph Friedgen was Maryland’s football coach and wanted to know if I had a question at a press conference because I was better looking than the guys there.

Have you ever been fired? I have. From a waitressing job when a secret shopper gave me low marks.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy most? I couldn’t choose.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy least? The woman whose door I knocked on after sneaking into her posh apartment building in NYC because she was suspected of having an affair with a politician. It was a very short interview.

What’s the biggest scoop you’ve ever had? The crack-buying teacher I got fired was a good one.

When and why did you last laugh so hard you had tears in your eyes? Watching America’s Funniest Home Videos with my parents several weeks ago.

When and why did you last lose your temper? Driving to Baltimore on a recent Friday evening.

Which movie title best describes your journalism career? “Cool Running”

Who would you want to play you in a movie?  Kristen Wiig

Name jobs you’ve had outside of journalism. (Can start as young as teenage years): waitress, bartender.

Who should just call it a day? I can’t think of anyone.

Our FishbowlDC interview, Fake Jim VandeHei, asks this question to our next interviewee, which is you: What are the top 5 ways in which POLITICO is better than the Washington Post? Doesn’t matter, BLOOMBERG rules.

Finally, please come up for a question for our next FishbowlDC interviewee. Make it good. Have you ever had a nickname, what was it?

 

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