Hotline Profiles Stearns

Some excerpts from their Friday Feature:

    Matt Stearns is a Washington corr. with McClatchy Newspapers, writing mainly for the Kansas City Star. He has worked in the Washington bureau, formerly Knight-Ridder, since 2002. Prior to that, he worked for the Kansas City Star, the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Netherlander, an English-language business weekly in Amsterdam. But today he’s our Friday Feature:chester Union-Leader. I was 11.

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    Covering night cops in Kansas City years ago, I wrote that a young man had helped his father chop up a body. In fact, the young man’s enraged mother called to point out, the young man had only helped his father dispose of the chopped-up body in garbage bags. They may not have been the most sympathetic of subjects, but it was a great lesson in the importance of the precise use of language.

    If you could interview any deceased person, who would it be and why?

    My grandparents. To get the old stories on tape so they wouldn’t be lost and I could share them with my daughter.

    If you could have any other job besides the one you have now, what would it be?

    Own a book store/wine shop in a small town in coastal Maine. With an outpost in Tuscany.

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