The FishbowlDC Interview With WJLA TV Reporter Mike Conneen

Say hello to WJLA TV Reporter Mike Conneen. Born in Naperville, Ill., he grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colo. He’s the youngest of five children. Two siblings went into banking, like his father.  Two became teachers, like his mother.  Conneen is the lone reporter. He has worked for KUSA, KNAZ/KPNX, KXRM and now WJLA. He is preposterously torn about who he wants to play him in a movie should James Cameron come calling. On one hand, he thinks Neil Patrick Harris is the right fit. On the other, it’s Jane Lynch all the way. We most recently heard Lynch portray one of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) online sexting partners in a dramatic reading on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” with Maher playing Weiner. We’re convinced that this Lynch is not the role Conneen is conjuring in his mind. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Diet soda. I drink it like a fish.

How often do you Google yourself? Do Google alerts count?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “Really???” See below.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Mike Allen makes me aware. Jake Tapper makes me watch. Jeanne Moos makes me laugh.

Do you have a favorite word? “Really?” It’s like speaking Chinese. The slightest difference in tone can create completely different meanings.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Really.”  It can get really annoying. My brother, Andy, says it a lot too. Really.

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Dinner with Chris Wallace. Drinks with Chris Matthews.

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? Carney can talk and drive, and clean up his own messes. Sorry, Bo.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Twisted Nerve” – the whistle song from “Kill Bill.”

Crying in the workplace? Conneen has done it. Find out why…

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? Sadly, yes. But my alarm is sometimes set for 3 a.m. when I work early morning shifts so it’s become a habit.

What word do you routinely misspell? I’ve lived in D.C. three years and I still confuse “capital” vs. “capitol.”

What swear word do you use most often? My mother will probably read this, and the first/last time I used that word in front of her, she slapped me across the face, so I’d rather not say.

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? Lost.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Tom Brokaw, Norah O’Donnell, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter.

When you pig out what do you eat? Everything but pork.

When did you last cry and why? The movie “Up” wore me down.

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? “Jersey Shore.” Don’t judge, brah.

What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken? 2003. Europe. Backpacking.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. My sister, Patty, bought me a pink/orange tie with big horizontal stripes in Italy. The label says Graziella Begum Uomo. It was a gift, so I’m sure it was expensive.