She’s been honored with a 2014 Gracie Award by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, served as a board member of the White House Correspondents’ Association and clocked in countless hours at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but when she’s not raking in accolades, Julie Mason isn’t afraid to spill some of her less-than-brightest moments.
The host of SiriusXM’s “The Press Pool,” which airs weekdays from 3-6 p.m. EST on the radio network’s POTUS channel 124, admits she has “no game.”
There’s that time Mason, a 20-year Houston Chronicle veteran who went on to work the White House beat for two Washington papers, almost KO’d former President George W. Bush in the Cabinet Room.
“I knocked over a TV light and sent it hurtling his way,” Mason, 48, recalls. “The stunned, reproachful looks from poolers haunt me still.”
What likely brings a little less anxiety to the wisecracking radio personality is hanging with her friends and her Australian cattle dog, Gomez.
But someone Mason would really like to sit down with is her “dream guest,” President Obama — she’d love to get the commander in chief talking “over strong cocktails.”
From her White House days to her career behind the mic, we wanted to know more about Mason, so we asked her a few questions:
Grew up in: Acton, Mass.
College attended: American University, but only very briefly (yeah, I got kicked out).
What did you want to be when you were a kid? Newspaper reporter.
Favorite hobby/activity: La dolce far niente [The sweetness of doing nothing].
After work, you’ll find me: Hanging with my dog, Gomez, or friends I love and never see enough since I left the White House beat.
Favorite/most hated food: Love nectarines, hate kale with the fury of a thousand suns.
Most embarrassing moment/Most memorable moment: I almost brained President Bush in the Cabinet Room once, when I knocked over a TV light and sent it hurtling his way. The stunned, reproachful looks from poolers haunt me still.
But I’ve had so many great, memorable moments: Winning election to the WHCA [White House Correspondents’ Association], getting hired by Politico and SiriusXM, giving the commencement address at Lawrence Academy 25 years after graduating; the most recent was winning a Gracie award for radio hosting.
Favorite band: The Clash.
I’m happiest when: Swimming in the ocean off Provincetown on Cape Cod in September.
What you like/dislike about D.C.: The city is so romantic and beautiful, but I really hate the sanitizing effects of gentrification and Millennial takeover.
If I had a theme song, it would be: Public Enemy’s “Don’t Believe the Hype” (or BBD’s “Poison” — never trust a big butt and a smile).
I have a fear of: It’s a compound fear of being old and broke. Also spiders.
Dream guest for my show is: I do a live show from a bar sometimes and I would love to get President Obama talking over strong cocktails. I don’t think anyone has done that before.
Something that few know about you: I have no game. Seriously — nada.