FishbowlDC Interview With CBS’s Chip Reid

Say hello to Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. He has been described by at least one of his White House Press Corp colleagues as a “genuinely kind human being.” We’ll forgive him this time for considering “jeepers” a swear word. His explanation is pretty reasonable.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Uh-oh — sounds too much like a Barbara Walters question. Sorry.

How often do you Google yourself? Whenever I’m feeling lonely. Alright, serious answer: once. Too scary to go there again.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Edward R. Murrow (I hope he’s still working.)

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? Time to show how un-hip I never heard of either (until I just Googled them.)

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both – at the same time.

When did you last cry and why? Last year at my father’s “celebration of life.” He was my hero.

What word do you routinely misspell? Misspell.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate.

What swear word do you use most often? Jeepers. (I just did the CBS legal department’s annual indecency review and I’m taking no chances.)

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Where’s the men’s room?” (Hey, I”m over 50.)

What TV show do you have to watch? Jeopardy (I told you I’m un-hip.)

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? President Obama – because the Secret Service would find us in minutes.

Find out what Chip’s “biggest scoop” is after the jump. Just a clue, it’s not chocolate…

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I avoid shopping like the plague, but when absolutely necessary, FileneÂ’s Basement.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? Oprah (no choice — my wife’s addicted)

Who was your mentor?
My father.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? “If youÂ’re really that bored practicing law, and you think journalism would be so much more interesting, you should give it a try.” (Thanks Dad.)

What and where was your first job in journalism? Field producer, ABC News Washington – at age 33.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? Doing a live news cut-in the same day I got my first pair of glasses. Seconds before, I realized I couldn’t see the teleprompter with the glasses on, and everything was blurry when I took them off. It was a very long 30 seconds.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy most? A tie: between President Obama and the GW womenÂ’s volleyball team.

What’s the biggest scoop you’ve ever had? Cherry Garcia.
Alright, alright: probably a report from Kabul in December 2001 that the Taliban was reorganizing after it’s “defeat” the month before.

Publish date: April 2, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT