Hometown: Goshen, Ind.
Political party: Nonpartisan
Relationship status: Married
Kate Bolduan is happy to dissuade anyone who thinks television news is nothing but glamour.
The CNN correspondent says the congressional beat has been basically nonstop since she got to Capitol Hill a couple of months ago, with first the scandal erupting around former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and then the debt-ceiling showdown.
“It’s sort of like Murphy's Law,” she says. “If you think nothing’s going to happen, something usually will.”
With all the running around, Bolduan jokes that she sometimes barely has a spare moment to get herself ready to go on camera — or, as she jokingly puts it, to throw on the uniform and the mask.
“I think the viewers cut us some slack,” the Indiana native says. “If it comes down to making one final phone call or putting on lipstick, I’ll make that one final phone call every time.”
A George Washington University graduate, Bolduan says she wasn’t necessarily looking to come back to the nation’s capital when CNN came calling. At the time she was working at a television station in North Carolina.
“It was more of a happy happenstance,” she says.
Back in Washington for several years now, Bolduan says she keeps low-key when she’s not chasing stories on Capitol Hill, often staying in with her husband, Michael Gershenson, or working out to relieve stress. She also does her best to see her three sisters, who are spread out among Colorado, Illinois and Indiana.
At home, Bolduan says she enjoys cooking — or “trying to cook” — and that she and Gershenson are particularly fond of a newly acquired grill.
“We’re into pretending we’re some kind of professional chefs,” she says.
— Bernie Becker