The FishbowlDC Interview with Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody

Say hello to Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody. He’s a political reporter covering the 2012 presidential race. He has traveled to 20 countries, and before covering politics, he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. Moody is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Government at Johns Hopkins University and he lives in Washington, D.C.

Moody grew up in Southern California. He spent his childhood in LA and his teenage years in San Diego.

As he explains his adult life until now, “During and after college I spent a long time hitching/backpacking around Asia, parts of Central America, Europe and the Western US and then came to DC after I got my fill. Showed up in DC with a suitcase and slept on a friend’s couch while I looked for a job. Got some freelance work here and there and then was hired to run the social media program for a think tank. After two years, I got my chance at The Daily Caller covering Congress.”

We’ll share just one item from his bucket list: “There’s a trail through the jungle between Myanmar and Thailand that is known for smuggling refugees out of the totalitarian country. I’d like to spend some time with them.” Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Any kind as long as it’s preceded by a mouthful of Pop Rocks.

How often do you Google yourself? Um, hello, I use Yahoo!, obviously…

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? So sorry, but I gotta divide this one up: For long-form features I think Reason’s Mike Riggs and National Review’s Bob Costa are doing sensational work. ABC’s Jake Tapper is reinventing what it means to be a national TV reporter in the new media environment, and Slate’s David Weigel deserves serious props for his ability to masterfully explain What It All Means on a consistent basis.

Do you have a favorite word? churlish.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I may have dropped “dude” outside the Senate chamber during interviews with members a few times.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, The Daily
Caller’s Michelle Fields or NBC’s Tom Brokaw. Tell us why. Brokaw. He’s been in the game the longest, and I think he would have some fascinating stories to tell.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had while on the campaign trail and who was it with? Well, RuPaul and I shared a moment in New Hampshire this week that was generally fabulous.

Tell us a funny story from the road. Can be long or short. After police kicked me out of a fancy hotel in Palm Beach for trying to cover Herman Cain a few months ago, I drove up to Orlando to try my luck there and spent a day at a place called The Holy Land Experience, where he was giving a speech. It’s near Disney World, and they re-enact the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ daily. Cain spoke immediately after Jesus returned to take back the faithful in a cloud of glory. It was, by far, the best campaign event of the cycle to date.

What’s the most revolting thing you’ve eaten in your campaign travels? And the best? The worst: Any time you’re scarfing down fast food at midnight because you haven’t eaten anything all day, you feel a pretty standard sense of shame. The best: On New Years Eve in Des Moines–that hotspot of revelry and bacchanalia–a bunch of reporters and I enjoyed some of the best steak I’ve ever had. It was pricey, but worth it.