The most important thing you need to know about National Journal reporter Marin Cogan is that she will not procreate with Anthony Weiner under any circumstances — not even if the Earth will die it. F–k it. “Let ‘er burn!” she says. Now that she’s earned our full respect with that answer, let’s learn a little more about her, shall we?
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Ginger beer. Mostly spicy, a little sweet, and temperamentally suited to the elderly.
How often do you Google yourself? Once every few months, I decide I should check to make sure someone hasn’t written something horrible. In general, I try not to look too often–the internet can be a weird and anarchic place, and worrying too much about what people say about you isn’t the best use of one’s time. I mean, unless you’re a terrible person. Then it’s probably a good use of your time.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Last year I kept coming back from the campaign trail to find my cat looking all weepy and red-eyed. I was overcome with this irrational fear that he’d die while I was away, so I took him to a vet. Thankfully, I had an editor who was sympathetic, because one day after I figured out what it was, I had to email him and say, “I’m going to be a day late on that story. My cat has seasonal allergies!”
Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Jeanne Marie Laskas. No wait! Jason Zengerle. No wait! Mark Leibovich. Wait!–I could go on like this…
Do you have a favorite word? Tessellate
What word or phrase do you overuse? I’m not sure, but I definitely use em dashes and semicolons way too much.