Favorite Fictional President?
Harrison Ford in "Air Force One", but not for his policies.
James Garfield, but not for his policies. I just love his story. Read "Destiny of The Republic" by Candice Millard.
Memorable moment covering a President?
Impeachment trial of Bill Clinton and/or Grant Park in Chicago the night Barack Obama became the first African American President-elect and/or Ronald Reagan at the 40th anniversary of D-day at Point du Hoc. I could go on. It's just an incredible gig no matter who's in office.
What is the most memorable commentary you've received from a superior?
"Your brand is 'you are real'" -- former superior, anon.
If you could only listen to one album?
Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"
Who Should Play You In the Movie?
Good grief. No idea.
Secret TV Pleasure and Fave political movie?
Movie? The Candidate.
Favorite newsroom meal?
What time do you go to bed?
As soon as I can. If left to my own devices with nothing to do the next morning, I am a total night owl, a 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. girl.
Who do you look up to as a journalist?
I am a huge fan of Dan Balz, Matt Bai, Lisa Myers, Andrea Mitchell, Peter Baker, Major Garrett.
Favorite Debate I've Watched?
Quayle v Bentsen or Palin v Biden. There is something so free about the VP debates. They're more fun.
No such thing. Hollywood will have to come up with him/her. I've reviewed all but one of the previous debates over the past 5 cycles, not so much to study up on styles but to just get a comfort zone with the kind of things that go on.
What will night before the debate will look like?
It will look like an early evening.
When covering Virginia politics would you rather spend a day with the candidates at The Homestead or Shad Planking?
If it involves a meal, The Homestead because I'm a vegetarian. Otherwise, Shad Planking because it's got such a great vibe.
Compare the Virginia Senate debate you did earlier this year with the upcoming Presidential debate?
A lot more people will be watching.
If you weren't a journalist what would you be doing?
Running for Senate in Virginia. JUST KIDDING. I would be a homicide detective. (Not kidding)
Advice in one sentence to graduates?
Do not become a reporter unless you cannot imagine being anything else.
Favorite moment so far in the election?
Wednesday, November 7th.
Finish this sentence: Today, I...
talked with more people than I wanted to.