David Folkenflik: The FishbowlDC Interview

Folkenflik3.jpgSay hello to NPR’s David Folkenflik.

How many suits do you own? Four

What word do you routinely misspell? Let’s just say radio can mask a vibrant alternate universe of spelling.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Not yet.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? Regrettably.

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

What time did you get up this morning? 7:45 a.m.

When did you last cry and why? Can’t remember, but it’s very likely it was listening to one of the “StoryCorps” pieces on NPR. They’re powerful personal histories told by regular people about themselves. (Here’s a recent moving segment). If not, it might have been back when the Los Angeles Angels of Laguna Beach were knocked out of the American League playoffs in 2005. Crushing.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Can wiseacre-age be deadly?

Beach, city or country? Beach.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Only if being waterboarded at the time.

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)

What color is your bathroom? White

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Between forty and 100.

What’s your opinion of New York City? Fascinating place.

What’s your favorite letter? Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? I worked under Bill Hawkins at the Durham Herald-Sun, under John Carroll at the Baltimore Sun and under Bill Marimow at the Sun and NPR. All three, in various and important ways, took a chance in hiring me and all three encouraged my career. I greatly appreciate each of them for it. But I also have learned – and hope I am still learning – a ton from the many extremely talented and generous colleagues I’ve encountered at all three places – the reporters and editors and, now at NPR, the producers and engineers as well.

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Which ONE? Who’s asking, Mr. Burns?

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? Dennis Kucinich.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Don’t know if this counts, but I was interviewed last fall on KUAR-FM in Little Rock, Arkansas, during pledge week, while I was there on a story. Very nice folks.

Who is your favorite active journalist? I cover the media, so I’ll take a pass on that.

What did you have for breakfast? Scrambled egg & tomato sandwich.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? The ability to leap looming deadlines in a single bound.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? Scooby Doo.