Home Page

People In The Know

Kate Oczypok

Social News Wonk


Cred SOC/BA print journalism ‘07

Livelihood Social reporter at The Hill Newspaper

Interests Writing, teaching children

Focus Exploring metro D.C., meeting new people and writing about it

Recent Creds “Mystery Pizza” in The Washingtonian January 2012, new mentor in AU SOC program

Last Book You Read Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Dawn of the Modern Woman. Basically, the Bible for any modern city-dwelling woman.

What Keeps You Up At Night? Worrying if I'll ever find true love due to the romantic comedies I'm obsessed with!

Hobbies Taking classes at the gym, Crunch, reading, teaching piano, baby-sitting

Who is your intellectual hero? Nora Ephron, Nancy Meyers, Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling. They’re funny, realistic people I’d love to have dinner with.

If you could interview anyone currently working in Washington, who would it be? The Obama family, grandma Robinson included. It’d be fun to see their dynamic together.

How do you get Washington insiders to put down their guard and stop talking politics? It’s hard, but if you look for something to connect with them on, may it be a charitable cause, place you were born, or television show, you realize we’re all just people.

What’s your favorite interview to date? My very first celebrity one. . . it was completely unexpected. Reese Witherspoon at an AVON breakfast. She was so sick with a cold but completely sweet and genuine. She reminded me a lot of the movie characters she plays.

Are You a Wonk? At my AU preview day, I remember a professor saying “Can you ever interview senators and congressmen with the Capitol dome in the background back home?” That is the day I chose to attend AU. Now I am working in a position I dreamed of!

Additional Links
The Hill, Washington Scene
David Gregory Profile
Kate’s essay, “Mystery Pizza” appeared in the January 2012 issue of Washingtonian
Take the social news challenge