James Asher

James Asher

Organization: McClatchy Washington Bureau

Title: Washington Bureau Chief

Hometown: Utica, N.Y.

First paying job: the now defunct Utica Daily Press

Mentor or role model: Bill Mungo, my first city editor, and Gene Roberts of Philadelphia Inquirer and NYTimes fame.

If I weren't an editor I'd be: I'd remain contentedly a journalist.

To unwind I:  count waves at the Jersey Shore.

Favorite book, TV show or movie: Book: Kristin Lavransdatter by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset; TV Show: C-SPAN and "Revenge" on ABC

What music I am listening to: Paul Simon's new album and my kids' music:, and