What up, Slater?

Wayne Slater, senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News, sits down with Hotline for their weekly reporter feature. Some choice bits:

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

Parkersburg, W.Va. A wonderful place on the Ohio River with redbrick houses and a huge city park where we spent summers playing basketball and tennis. By high school, we’d figured out that the nearby college town of Marietta had great bars and the exotic prospect of college women. All you needed was an “amended” draft card. Getting the card was no problem; the women were considerably harder….

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

A few years ago I decided to color my hair with one of those box dye-jobs from the supermarket. Big mistake. Apparently I picked up the color sludge. The next morning, Gov. Bush interrupted a news conference and, with no small measure of glee, left the podium and walked over to me. He pointed to my color-challenged hair and said into a bank of cameras, “There are people who can fix this.”…

And finally, we’re ending this feature with a question posed by the last interviewee. This is from National Review’s Byron York: Why not be nice? I’ll ask who he or she thinks most deserves the Pulitzer Prize for news reporting in 2005 — whether nominated or not.

Can’t argue with the Washington Post winning for its brilliant work on Jack Abramoff, but I still like Keith Olbermann, whose “Worst Person in the World” segment is a major contribution to our democracy, even when it isn’t about Bill O’Reilly.