FishbowlDC Interview With Kate Brown

Say hello to Kate Brown. She’s a CEO and founder of Buzz By Brown, a publicity firm based in Arlington Va. We know, we know. She’s not a journalist, but we’re breaking the rules as we think her experience more than qualifies her to be the subject of our questionnaire. She reps newsmakers, pundits and foreign policy experts. She’s also a former freelance news producer for the BBC, a morning drive producer for Washington Post Radio, and a producer and host for Wisconsin Public Radio.  Brown’s a bubbling wealth of journalism media relations knowledge as she formerly handled media for Foreign Policy Magazine, the New America Foundation and TWT.  Her resumé lists — count ’em — an unusual 13 references. Her publicity business has been up and running since March 2012. She’s potentially in the market for a new pr gig (hint hint). Here she is pictured with her sometimes gaseous dog, Manfred. Among her fears: Miley Cyrus. Among the subjects of her desires: Sebastian Junger and Don Draper.

Without further delay, let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Prosecco – bubbly booze. How can you go wrong?

How often do you Google yourself? I Googled myself once and it depressed me so much, I never did it again. Kate Brown is both a lesbian state senator from Oregon and some chick who does things with yarn on TV. Neither, unfortunately, are me.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? You’re a bad person and you enjoy it when people fail around you because it makes you feel better about yourself.

You have an intriguing name. What is the story behind it? Um, I don’t think this applies to moi. (Editor’s note: No doubt we meant this for TPM’s Igor Bobic.) 

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Sebastian Junger. He’s fierce. He’s real. He is devastatingly, heartbreakingly honest. “War” blew my mind. “Restrepo” blew it further. I also may have smooched my pillow while thinking about him, but I’ll never tell.

Do you have a favorite word? Fucktard. Pretty much explains everything I need to convey in one utterance.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Kate Bolduan, CNN’s Chris Cuomo or CNN’s Michaela Pereira? Tell us why. Whichever one of them hangs out with Willie Geist.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, any of the women from FNC’s “The Five” or CNN’s S.E. Cupp. Who will it be? (None is not an option.) Well, technically, I prefer boys. But if the end of the Earth is near and I must sacrifice my heterosexuality for the good of the planet, I’d pick S.E. Cupp. She’s cute as hell and likely packing heat. (Editor’s note: Again, we must have tailored this question for Igor Bobic).

What swear word do you use most often? C U Next Tuesday

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Joe Scarborough. Charles Krauthhammer. Stephen Colbert. Steve Clemons.

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be? Carey Grant or Katharine Hepburn. Or if we could reenact Philadelphia Story, both would be ideal.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler) Tito?

When you pig out what do you eat? Cereal – It’s my absolute favorite food and I’ve been known to down a box in two sittings. (Last Saturday I bought an economy size box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and I’m still scraping sugar granules out of my cleavage.)

Breakfast cereal of choice: Wo – I didn’t even know that was going to be the next question. There are simply too many to pick.

Name of the hotel you stay in when you visit Manhattan? The Warwick. Not only does Ahmadinejad stay there, it’s also right next to MOMA and a top-notch soft pretzel cart.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. A pair of studded Mary Janes by Prada circa 2009. (Eunjean from the Fifth Avenue store sold them to me and I never looked back)

Pick one: Mad Men, Scandal or Homeland. Mad Men. Two words: Don Draper.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? No. I’m terrified they’ll reveal I’m going to die young, or worse, die fat.

Have you ever had a near-death experience? Don’t jinx me.

Ever been arrested? Sadly, no.

Tell us a secret not many people know about you. I have an intense desire to be the lead-singer in a dive bar rock and roll cover band. I also, very much want to raise sea horses.

What scares you?  Heights. Mrsa. Centipedes. Dead air. Miley Cyrus. Being nominated for “What Not To Wear.” A vodka shortage.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? I quit a job because of a guy and everyone knew it. Don’t judge me!

Have you ever been fired? Nope.

When and why did you last laugh so hard you had tears in your eyes? Every time my dog farts, jumps up, and stares at his butt in utter surprise and amazement. (I think he learned it from me).

When and why did you last lose your temper? When? Yesterday. Why? Washington

Who would you want to play you in a movie? If we could somehow morph Melissa McCarthy and Christina Hendricks into one, I’d really appreciate it.

From TMZ Founder Harvey Levin: You are about to be served your last meal. What will it be? Bacon cheeseburger and French fries with a milkshake. I’m from Wisconsin, we dig anything that incorporates both animal products and muffin tops.

From Maynard Institute’s diversity news reporter Richard Prince: Best time you ever had with your clothes on? 1. Minot Beach in MA with my friends Ken Vaughn and Sean Russell on Fourth of July weekend a few years ago. I climbed up a rock sober and slid down it on my butt completely sauced. Pretty sure it’s on YouTube somewhere. “Haaaaaaay!” 2. Playing the tits and ass girl in Chorus Line in our high school musical my junior year. Not sure any future accolades could ever compare.

Finally, please come up for a question for our next FishbowlDC interviewee. This one may live on indefinitely. Make it good. Over or under? (I’m talking toilet paper you pervs!)

New FBDC Interview graphic by Austin Price.