Accomplishments Moderator of NBC's Meet the Press; substitute co-anchor of NBC's Weekend Today and the Today show
Base Washington, D.C.
What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I have Meet the Press and [NBC News] Political Unit colleagues who are sending out notes. I always look at Politico’s Morning Score and Playbook. I’m also trying to make sure I spend time with some of the bigger takes, whether it’s The Weekly Standard or The New Republic.
Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet?
I watch our [NBC’s] stuff, and I’ve got MSNBC on during the day. I’ll monitor Fox News as well. And I’m always watching Brian [Williams]. People say the evening news isn’t as formidable as it once was, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s still an important driver and truly captures the day.
Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?
If news breaks, I will find out about it before bed from a colleague or on a mobile device. In bed, I’m either falling asleep watching a ball game or reading something—I try to read a lot of history. At that point, I’m not trying to stress my brain.
You have over 1.5 million Twitter followers. How do you tap into that conversation?
I use Twitter to get a sense of what is driving the conversation. It is only a piece of the conversation, but it is an engaged crowd. You can get a sense of the interesting political stories developing throughout the week, whether it’s Ted Nugent talking about Obama or Rod Blagojevich washing dishes in prison.
Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
I’m a real mix between old and new. I’m reading a lot on my iPhone and iPad, but I still like to pick up my New York Times and read the New York Post with ink-stained hands. Information travels so fast that you have to take the time to have the bigger conversation so you aren’t just caught up in the outrage of the day/week.
Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
I like the AP’s app because I like the ability to get breaking news off the wires that way. I have Drudge on there too, which I find useful.
What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
I still think that MLB.com is just the best thing online. I’m a [Washington] Nationals fan but also an L.A. Dodgers fan, and the ability to keep up with Vin Scully and the Dodgers from this far away is wonderful. I’m just as happy watching games on my iPad than anywhere else.
With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
You have to make decisions about what you want. As a journalist, I’m trying to sop everything up, but I’m still making a point to be very selective about going to places that are going to make me think and teach me things that I didn’t know.