What's your current job?
I’m POLITICO’s national security correspondent, primarily covering the intelligence community, election security, and ocasionally federal law enforcement.
How long have you been a member of the NPC? What’s your best experience thus far?
I joined just over a year ago, and it’s been such an honor to be able to call myself a member. Probably my favorite event was the Thai dinner, cocktails and conversation with James Beard awardee Andy Ricker and Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post last year. As guides for the late Anthony Bourdain to the foods of Thailand and Iran—and of course following Jason’s 544-day imprisonment in Tehran—both had powerful and distinct perspectives on journalism and fascinating stories to tell. And the food was amazing.
Tell us about your morning ritual.
I wake up to my dog, Wally, jumping on my bed and licking my face, at which point I stay in bed for at least another 15-20 minutes reading the latest breaking news, scrolling through Twitter, and answering or sending emails. Wally snoozes next to me (he’s not a morning pup). I then walk downstairs to my “office”—now a desk in my living room, since POLITICO won’t be going back to the office until January 2021 at the earliest—make some very strong coffee, and map out some story targets for the day. I like to coordinate with my colleagues as much as possible so I’ll touch base with them, too, to see where our reporting might overlap.
What was your childhood dream job?
I wanted to be a lawyer! I thought arguing for a living was the coolest idea. But I also loved writing and my mom turned me into a news junkie from a very young age, so journalism was always in the cards.
What's your favorite moment of your career so far?
I have a lot of favorites, centering mostly around big stories I’ve broken like the military’s use of President Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland, and being able to cover only the second presidential impeachment in U.S. history. But probably one of the most surreal moments was sharing a stage with journalists Peter Osnos, Chip Reid, and the legendary Carl Bernstein during an event held by my alma mater, Vassar College, to discuss the role of journalism in the Trump era.
What was your first real job?
A breaking news internship with Business Insider in New York City. I worked my way up over three years to become a political correspondent before moving down to D.C. full time. BI has some of the most talented reporters and editors working today, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them taking a chance on me fresh out of college.
Guilty Pleasure: What can you not live without?
Ice cream! But I have to buy it in miniature portions because of the obscene amount I could eat in one sitting were I given a whole carton. That and hummus. But not together (although there is no food combination I am unwilling to try once…)
If Hollywood made a movie of your life, who would you like to see play the leading role as you?
Emma Stone or Mila Kunis? I don’t know, someone with cartoonishly big eyes. My dad always tells me not to blink or I’ll cause a hurricane.