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Tom Gjelten: The FishbowlDC Interview

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Say hello to veteran NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten, who will be discussing his new book, “Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba,” at Politics & Prose on Sept. 21st at 5pm.

What word do you routinely misspell? Gjelten

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Ding-a-ling

What time did you get up this morning? 0630

When did you last cry and why? When my dad died last March

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 25 worth reading, 100 not

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, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katherine Lewis, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum, Bob Madigan, Gene Gibbons, Nico Pitney, John Mercurio, Jason Reich, Mark Stencel, Helene Cooper)

Also, drop us a line to let us know who else you’d like FishbowlDC to interview. They must work in the Washington area and you must include their email address.


What’s your favorite letter? N (with a tilde on top)

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Glenn Hovemann, editor of the U of Minnesota Daily (1969)

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Ashamed to say it was last February – Presbyterian Homes, St Paul MN (unless you count working for public radio)

Who is your favorite active journalist? Martha Raddatz (duh!)

What did you have for breakfast? Double Tall XH Skim Latte

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toothpaste

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Time travel (but only back, ahead would be too scary)

Red or white wine? Red

PG-13 or R? R

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? Lincoln

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Thigh

Friday night or Saturday night? Friday (TGIF!)

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School”? Are those movies? I’m a pop culture illiterate.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Milano

Yankees or Red Sox? Red Sox

Jenna or Barbara? Barbara

McSteamy or McDreamy? Stumped again!

Leno or Letterman? Leno

Stewart or Colbert? Stewart

Boxers or briefs? Depends (I mean, IT depends)

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