The FishbowlDC Interview With CNN’s Ed Hornick

Say hello to’s political writer Ed Hornick. He has been with CNN since January 2008. He has worked for a plethora of media outlets that include New York Newsday, NJ‘s “The Hotline,” as a press intern for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and as a press assistant in London’s House of Commons. He grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. , the carousel capital of the world and home to the world famous Spiedie (a special meat dish in which the chicken or pork is marinated for up to two weeks in a controlled environment). Quirks? “I’m obsessed with doing bootcamp in the morning, watch the ‘Golden Girls’ every day as a way to relieve stress and hope to star as Fiyero in the hit Broadway musical ‘Wicked’ one day.” Pet peeves: loud cell phone talkers; people who talk about themselves in the third person; and tourists who stand on the left side of the Metro escalators. By the way, Hornick’s favorite word, “chooch,” isn’t quite as dirty as it sounds.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Tab. I’m a product of the 80s.

How often do you Google yourself? Why Google myself when I have an Italian mother who does it for me?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? At a previous job, I called in sick with a bad migraine. My editor said to me that news doesn’t get migraines or call in sick — and neither should I.

Who is your favorite working journalist? CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. Not only is she brilliant and hilarious, but an amazing writer as well. A true reporter’s reporter.

Do you have a favorite word? Chooch (Urban Dictionary it). (Note to readers: We did the heavy lifting here. The word means a person with an excess of school spirit.)

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Why not invite both to dinner at Lauriol Plaza and share some fajitas?

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Old Car Horn.

When did you last cry and why? As a groomsman at my best friend’s wedding.

What word do you routinely misspell? Embarrassing

What swear word do you use most often? Too many to list

What word or phrase do you overuse? “That’s what she said!”

What TV show do you have to watch? “True Blood”

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? In Delaware (no sales tax!)

Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? None of the above. I love Wendy Williams. How YOU doin’?

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? None of the above. Chelsea Handler. What … a funny lady.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Does Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni count as a public official?

Who is your mentor? My mom – the wisest, smartest, friendliest and most trustworthy person I’ve ever known.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? Don’t major in journalism or go to grad school for it.

What and where was your first job in journalism? As an 11-year-old reporter for “Action News For Kids” – a children’s news show on CBS affiliate WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York. While most pre-teens were riding bikes, I was reading a teleprompter.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? Accidentally sending an email to all of CNN. Damn that Reply-all button …

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy most? Talking to members of the U.S. military in Afghanistan about their experiences under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and life on the frontlines.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy least? Talking to the widow of a slain police officer. Really heart wrenching.

What’s the biggest scoop you’ve ever had? The one last weekend at Baskin Robbins. Thanks Tina!

When and why did you last laugh so hard you had tears in your eyes? Tubing with my friends down a river in West Virginia and somehow the movie “Deliverance” came up.

When and why did you last lose your temper? Coming home to find garbage strewn throughout the kitchen, and my dog Jack holding half a watermelon in his mouth. Though I have to admit, the anger quickly turned to laughter.

Which movie title best describes your journalism career? “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Who would you want to play you in a movie? James Franco.

Name some jobs you’ve had outside of journalism. (Can start as young as teenage years): Lifeguard; Financial Aid assistant at the University of Rochester.

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