11 questions with 'Morning Joe's' Mika
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Mika Brzezinski knows her value, but she’s still working on getting a grip on gravity.

Recalling one of her most recent slipping snafus, the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” admits, “I can think of, like, three other times I have fallen, really loudly, in an airport for no reason.” She adds with a laugh, “I’m like, really klutzy.”


The mom of two might want to take even more care when she’s on the road — she’s doing a lot of traveling these days. The New York Times bestselling author, 47, behind 2011’s Knowing Your Value, is launching a nationwide “Know Your Value” tour.

Brzezinski is bringing her no-nonsense advice for women in the workplace to Washington, making a pit stop — along with speakers including Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity 'Kavanaugh' chants erupt at Trump rally in Missouri The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify MORE (D-Mo.), actress Brooke Shields, “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Alex Wagner, BBC’s Katty Kay, “The View’s” Nicolle Wallace, and Glamour magazine Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive — at the Marriott Marquis hotel on May 15.

She says the idea for the tour came to her after talking to women who read her books and being unsatisfied with some of the women-focused conferences she had attended: “I felt like sometimes women who paid all that money would come and maybe even feel farther away from getting there. And I’m like, how do you fill that void? How do you, quite frankly, create a message and tools that give women something they can really use when they walk out that door?”

We wanted to know more about Brzezinski — who says she’s an Ed Sheeran fan because her 16-year-old “won’t let me listen to anything else” — so we asked her these questions.

Grew up in: Englewood, N.J., and McLean, Va.

College attended: I went to Georgetown [University] and then I transferred to Williams [College]. I got rejected to Williams the first time, and then I got waitlisted, and then I got in.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? A news reporter, from age 14.

Favorite hobby/activity: I run everyday, rain, shine, blizzard, 100 degree heat. Several miles, sometimes six.

Most memorable moment: There’s two: the birth of my first child Emilie, the moment I saw her. And the birth of my second child, Carlie.

I’m happiest when: At this point, I have to say when I’m in REM sleep, because I never get any.

What you like most about D.C.: I love the architecture and the history, and just it feels like home.

What you dislike most about D.C.: People don’t dress fun in D.C. I mean, you go to Capitol Hill, and it’s just like, man, get some color, and I’m not even like, a fashionista. But it just feels like Warsaw or something. I don’t mean that in any bad way, it just seems like people are just a little bit more conservative in D.C. It needs a makeover.

I just don’t want to look like I’m Kim Kardashian, and I don’t expect people to walk around in tube tops, just like, a color would be nice, instead of grey.

I always feel overdressed because I wear bright pink and stuff. My clothes cheer me up when I’m really tired, like if it’s a bright color. When I go into D.C., I feel like I’m standing out like a sore thumb.

My biggest fear is: I do fear flying. I have to say. We had an aborted landing like two days ago, and I, I, I was crying, and this man next to me had to talk me through it. It was … pathetic.

Something that few people know about you: I don’t go to the south of France. [Scarborough] always says I’m in the south of France. I have been to the south of France once, and I was kidnapped, and it was a nightmare.

And actually, my father had concerns about the job I was taking for the summer, and he told me to call home and say, “How’s grandfather?” as a secret code. So I called home, because I didn’t feel like I was in a safe situation. Let’s just put it that way. It involved sort of like, someone hitting on me. And I called home, and after, like, three days of the phone ringing off the hook, my brother, Ian, answered. He’s a Republican.

He answered like, “Huh, hello?” like totally hungover.

And I said, “Ian, how’s grandfather?”

And he’s like, “What?” And he hung up.

And I’m like, calling back, and I’m like, “Ian, where’s mom and dad?” he goes, “They’re on a trip” and he hung up again.

Finally, my parents got me out of there. That was my one trip to the south of France. It was very bad.

Best advice given: It’s a negotiating life question, but it’s about business, and that is: It’s not about you. It’s not personal. Don’t take anything personally.