The FishbowlDC Interview With MJ’s Mika Brzezinski

Say hello to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinski. She appeared in downtown Washington this week for a book appearance at Sixth & I Synagogue. Her new book is Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth. Her father is foreign policy expert and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. Her mother is sculptor Emilie Anna Benešová, a grandniece of Czechoslovakia’s former president Edvard Beneš. Brzezinksi graduated from The Madeira School, a private girl’s school in McLean, Va. intended for students who are “bright, curious and independent.” She proceeded to Williams, where she earned a degree in English.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Mountain Dew. Because it has a lot of caffeine, but its really bad for you so don’t drink it!

How often do you Google yourself? Good question. It says so much.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t imagine being unkind to any editor or producer. I’m a sweet flower.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Savannah Guthrie.

Do you have a favorite word? Yes

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Chris Matthews. Definitely.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? The dog. Lower maintenance.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? How do I find that? Joe programmed it.

When did you last cry and why? Last Saturday night when I realized I couldn’t be in 5 places at once.

What word do you routinely misspell? My own name because the computer auto correct always wants to call me “Mike”

When you pig out what do you eat? Big boxes of sweet cereal. Please don’t tell anyone!

What word or phrase do you overuse? Yeeeeeaaaahh.

Find out the great piece of advice she tells herself…

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? I don’t watch TV.

What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Paris with my family and showing my girls that I can speak French.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. Marc Jacobs jeans with ripped knees. Very soft denim.

Pick one: Will Ferrell’s Bush impersonation or Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin? Tina Fey’s Palin.

Do you read your astrology? No but I’m a Taurus and told that means I’m stubborn. Joe will agree with the stubborn part

Who is your mentor? My mother.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? My own advice: It doesn’t matter if they like you.

What and where was your first job in journalism? Channel 9 in Washington doing beat checks at 16 years old.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? Wow – where do I begin? There are so many I’ve started to black them out. Who knows what tomorrow holds…

Have you ever been fired? Yes.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy most? Every single one with my father and the piece i did on my mother for CBS Sunday Morning.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy least? There is nothing that involves getting answers that I don’t enjoy

What’s the biggest scoop you’ve ever had? Hard to define because I did an investigative piece for CBS that lead to a big recall that was an “exclusive” yet I found the series I did on bi-polar disorder in young children (an issue that has been covered) to be personally more enlightening and important.

When and why did you last laugh so hard you had tears in your eyes? I can’t bring it up because I got so much hate mail when it happened.

When and why did you last lose your temper? It isn’t something I can talk about because I might lose it again.

Who would you want to play you in a movie?Anyone with a pulse!

Name jobs you’ve had outside of journalism. (Can start as young as teenage years): None — I’m focused.

Who should just call it a day? Maybe me?