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Posts Tagged ‘Megan Hughes’

Newsbabes to Host Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Once a year for the past three years, female TV news personalities have come together to wear pink and raise money for a local deserving cause. They call themselves “newsbabes.”

This year the charity group will host its annual Bash for Breast Cancer on June 27, and organizers are expecting it to be the biggest event yet. The fundraiser will be at The Hamilton and will raise money for Howard University Cancer Center, which specializes in research and prevention of cancer among minorities.

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Politico Reporter’s Kazoo Fails at Trivia Contest

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin had a tough night last night. After all, he had something happen that only happens at second-grade talent shows. In short, his kazoo stopped working and he lost a trivia contest.
To be fair, it wasn’t really his fault. Poor Martin’s musical instrument failed, leaving him visibly annoyed. Had it been working, who knows who would have won?
Martin appeared alongside Real Clear PoliticsErin McPike (soon-t0-be a CNN General Assignment Reporter), and Bloomberg‘s Megan Hughes on a panel of presidential experts Thursday night at Brooks Brothers – the Clothier that has dressed 39 of 44 U.S. presidents – at it’s flagship store in Georgetown.
Final score was 9(Megan) – 4 (JMart) – 3 (McPike).
The trio answered questions on presidential and inaugural history from the acting director of the National Museum of American History and former director of the National Portrait Gallery Marc Pachter. Hughes, who said she spent hours studying, came prepared to list each president in chronological order and took the prize of$1,000 to be donated to the charity of her choice, which is DC’s Central Kitchen. 
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FishbowlDC Interview With Bloomberg TV’s Megan Hughes

Say hello to Megan Hughes. She’s a Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg Television and comes from Cleveland.

Hughes tells us she and her family were really into sports growing up. Her father was a coach and she and her two brothers played soccer.

Hughes’s has always had an interest in television; while in high school, she served as a host for a cable access show, “Fairview Forum,” that covered the in’s and out’s of the local school system. After earning a masters in journalism from Northwestern University, her first professional job was as an on-air reporter at ATV (Aruba Television). That began a decade-long career in television news, including five years covering Washington politics. She’s also covered stories overseas including Thailand after the tsunami and along the DMZ in South Korea.

Let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?

Zima

How often do you Google yourself?

Never! Now, Bing on the other hand…

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)?

I honestly can’t remember ever raising my voice or swearing at a boss. I guess I’ve had a pretty great group of bosses. Or I have a really bad memory.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

She’s a close personal friend, but I really admire Lisa DesJardins from CNN Radio. She’ll stay up all night combing through the minutiae of the budget or reading the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and manages to balance Capitol Hill doggedness and the highest level of integrity. I’d also give an H/T to Mike Allen for his thoughtful aggregating at ungodly hours. It is appreciated as much as my first cup of coffee — that’s a tremendous amount.

Do you have a favorite word?

My first favorite word is onomatopoeia. My second would be sizzle or splat.

What word or phrase do you overuse?

“I saw that on Twitter hours ago.”

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s Diane Sawyer or NBC’s Tom Brokaw? Tell us why.

I’d have to go with Diane. She’s someone I’ve admired since I was hosting a cable access show in high school, and she’s been the definition of pioneer for women in this industry.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had while reporting a story and who was it with?

Wow, there have been a lot in 10 years of reporting. Most recently, I’d point to the conversations I had in advance of the Supreme Court hearing healthcare case. It was fascinating to see how it impacts different sectors. Cleveland Clinic’s CEO Toby Cosgrove really opened my eyes to the complexities of hospital budgeting. I had no idea how much money hospitals lose treating Medicaid patients.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring?

Timba.

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry?

Usually.

What word do you routinely misspell?

I misspell the last name of the Bloomberg colleague I must submit receipts to on an almost daily basis. It’s “Morisette.” Or “Morrissette.” To compensate for my frustration at an already tedious task, I take extra care to add a cheery “Thanks!!!” at the end of each email. Three exclamation points. Ron Morrisette probably thinks I’m a psychopath.

Find out what Hughes’ favorite chocolatey curse word is after the jump.

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