The FishbowlDC Interview With TWT’s Kerry Picket

Say hello to Kerry Picket, who writes and edits The Water Cooler blog for TWT. Her work history is complex, sordid and fascinating. Her first media job was writing for MTV. She began at MTV.com and proceeded to MTV Radio. In 2003 she became an intern for The Howard Stern Show. She then moved to Washington, but one day Gary Dell’Abati called, saying, “Robin really wants you to come to work for her.” This would be Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers. So Picket picked up and returned to New York, where she became Quivers’ assistant for a year. She returned to D.C. in 2007, worked for the Media Research Center and ultimately landed at TWT.

But let’s return to the summer of 2006. This is when her then-boss, Howard Stern, interviewed her on air . She had attended a party at Ronnie the Limo Driver‘s house in Queens and had brought her new camera. “What happened was I was sitting down at a table showing it to everyone,” she explained. “He [Ronnie] got very drunk. Sometimes we women wear jeans and the underwear goes above the pants. Ronnie was a little drunk, he begins saying, ‘Look at that Picket over there, she’s got plumber ass!’ So they caught Ronnie doing that. They brought that soundbite back to Howard and Howard begins scolding him. ‘Why are you picking on Robin’s assistant?'” He then called Picket on air and asks, “So Kerry, what kind of underwear were you wearing?” She told him, “It was Jockey Hanes Your Way, that’s why it was probably seeping above my jeans at that point.” Picket, no longer mortified, says she enjoyed working for the Stern show, where duties included helping the guys with prank calls. “I tried to stay away from the weird stuff,” she said, explaining that Stern isn’t what he seems. “On air Howard comes off like a wild guy,” she said. “Off the air, low-key, a gentleman. He was always very nice to me, always very sweet.” 

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Alka Seltzer cold and flu (lemon flavored)

How often do you Google yourself? There’s just not enough time in the day to do it as often as I’d like.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “I need some dating advice.”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Major Garrett at National Journal. The guy is an encyclopedia on Congress past and present.

Do you have a favorite word? “Plethora”

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? If I feel combative, Chris Matthews would be it.  Otherwise, it would be Chris Wallace.

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? I think I’d get better stories from the dog.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Default

When did you last cry and why? When I saw “The King’s Speech” last month.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Amalgam” I can barely pronounce it at times.

What swear word do you use most often? My swear jar is overflowing with riches.

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? Probably a thorn in someone else’s side

When you pig out what do you eat? IHOP Chocolate Chip Pancakes

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Frankly”

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? CBS’s “Undercover Boss”