Hotline Interviews Bennett Roth

Hotline sits down with Houston Chronicle Washington Correspondent Bennett Roth.

    What was your first job?

    My first job was at the Black River Tribune, a spunky weekly in Ludlow, Vermont, that was a training ground for smart-alecky recent college graduates who were picking up a little journalism experience in between drinking and enjoying the great outdoors. Another alumnus of that newspaper is Ned Lamont, who worked there several years before I did. So maybe there is a future in politics for me too — NOT.

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

    The red-faced moment occurred a number of years ago when I first began working for the Chronicle in Houston. I was walking back from assignment and not paying attention and suddenly ran into a street sign, which resulted in a bloody gash on my face. When I walked into the newsroom many people thought something awful had happened on assignment and I was tempted to make up a tale of great peril. But instead I had to admit I wasn’t watching where I was going.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Skippy chunky peanut butter.

    And finally, we’re ending this feature with a question posed by the last interviewee. This is from CBS’s Jim Axelrod: What’s your price? If someone said promised to give you any amount of money you ask for with the condition with the condition that it’s the last money you’ll ever see in your life. No more work but no more money. What is the least amount you’d take the deal for?

    $3.5 million would do it — $1.5 million to pay for a house and maybe a vacation place somewhere — $1 million for playing around money to travel and eat out and another $1 million to invest for future retirement needs.