CNN’s Dana Bash: From rock star dreams to Capitol Hill reality
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If things had gone a little differently, Dana Bash might be dealing with sound checks and groupies rather than hearings and lawmakers.

CNN’s chief congressional correspondent says she wanted to be a rock star when she was a kid. 

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“But that was out early when my brother, David, made it very clear I have a terrible singing voice,” she said. 

Although she’s not performing to sold-out stadiums these days, Bash, 43, still manages to maintain a captive audience with her vocal stylings — in the form of her nearly 4-year-old son.

We wanted to learn more about the award-winning journalist with the oft-mispronounced first name (more on that below), so we asked her these questions .

Grew up in: Montvale, N.J. (mostly). I went to elementary school in Falls Church, Va.

College attended: George Washington University

After work, you’ll find me: Playing with my son.

Most memorable moment: When my son was born.

Most embarrassing moment: When I took my friend Susanna Quinn with me to the Donny and Marie concert and she played a video for Donny of me singing a song from their ’70s variety show.

I’m happiest when: I am laughing, dancing and singing with my son. (He’s too young to know how terrible I sound).

What I like/dislike about D.C. is: Like: politics. Dislike: politics.

If I had a theme song, it would be: “So What” — by Pink.

My celebrity crush: Spencer Garrett.

I have a fear of: Starvation. I always carry snacks in my bag. It’s a good habit to have now that I am a mom.

Something that few know about you: I am 5 feet 1 3/4 inches. Often when I meet people who have only seen me on TV they say, “I always thought you were so much taller!”

Favorite movie: “Love Actually”

Biggest pet peeve: I’m going to 

answer with my parents’ pet peeve — when people call me DAYNA, since my name is pronounced DANA like BANANA. It has happened my whole life so it doesn’t bother me that much, but it drives my parents bananas (not BANAYNAYS).

Best advice given: There is no such thing as balance in life, you just do the best you can, when you can with that you’ve got.