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I grew up in Washington, DC and spent most of my academic career thinking I’d go to law school and be another beltway lawyer, but when I think back to my childhood, one anecdote stands out as an indicator that the law might not be the ideal career for me.

In the summer of 1992, a family friend got me, my mom, my dad and my brother into the NBC News Washington bureau to watch a taping of “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert.

One of the guests that day was Ron Brown, the Democratic National Committee chairman who some years later died tragically in a plane crash while carrying out his duties as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce.

Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, was locked in a what became a heated three-way campaign with then-President George H.W. Bush and businessman Ross Perot. He’d also been dogged by accusations of marital infidelity, the most notable at the time coming from a woman named Gennifer Flowers.

Brown emerged from the Nebraska Avenue building after taping what was then a half-hour show, and was greeted by a pack of reporters who began to ask him questions.

Naturally, I joined the scrum, and shortly after, I somehow got his attention.

I’m sure he’d prepared to answer a question on whether a person who couldn’t seem to manage his personal life could manage the country,  but I somehow doubt he expected the question to come from a nine-year-old. But with the cameras rolling, it wasn’t like he could blow off a little kid, so he answered the question.

The experience didn’t really weigh that heavily on me during the rest of my years in school, or in college at the University of Wisconsin. I spent a lot of that time in rowing shells, yelling at people.

But years later, after I’d started writing about technology and telecommunications policy for a blog I started with a friend, a reporter I’d crossed paths with a few times said he’d noticed I had a knack for asking good questions, and suggested I apply for a job at his old employer, Warren Communications News.

The rest, as they say, is (the first draft of) history.

Over the subsequent decade, I flirted with other things. I did some graduate work in public policy and in cybersecurity policy, and I spent some time at law school. But none of that stuck, and I still can’t think of anything I’d rather do.

I’ve spent most of my career covering Congress, the White House, and various federal government agencies, most often focusing on technology and telecommunications policy matters. But I’ve covered other things as well, and have had bylines in publications like The Hill, Politico.. and Washington Business Journal.  I also spent a little bit of time working for some Russians, but as you may have read, seen on TV or heard on the radio, it didn’t go so well.

These days I work for a company called Breakfast Media, covering the White House for BeltwayBreakfast.com and BroadbandBreakfast.com. I still try to ask smart questions, even if the answers, as White House official put it, “aren’t as smart as the questions.”

Still want to know more about me? Sometimes my Wikipedia entry does a better job of talking about me than I do, so I’d suggest you take a look at that as well.

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