Hotline Profiles Felling

From the “Friday Feature“:

    Matthew Felling is the editor of’s media blog “Public Eye.” Before joining the site in May, Felling served for 8 years as the media dir. at the Center for Media and Public Affairs. He just wrapped up a couple of weeks as guest co-host on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program and is also a frequent guest host of WAMU’s “Kojo Nnamdi Show.” But today he’s our Friday Feature:

    Where’s your hometown? What was it like growing up there?

    The mean streets of Annandale, VA — and I was lucky to get out alive. Seriously, though, the town’s diversity taught me a lot. On my grade school basketball team, we had a Cambodian, a Phillipino, a Korean, a Palestinian. And we didn’t lose a game for more than three years.

    What was your first job?

    As much as I’d like to give the shopworn “sweeping up the copy room at age 9, for two bits a day,” I can’t. I was. A busboy. At a local mall. At — gulp — a Ruby Tuesday’s. Looking back, though, dealing with irritated customers at that early age prepared me for the Public Eye comments board. …

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

    Mandela. Oh, wait, let me double-check my sources on that. Actually, I’ve got to say my father. He died when I was in seventh grade, and I’d like to know more about him. I mean, I know what his stances were on Yosemite Sam and big band music, but I’d like to ask him what he thought of life, love, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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