Haley Harrison, KMBC Channel 9 journalist, endorses Planet Money, decries orange clothing in The Pitch‘s Questionnaire

Twitter/Instagram handle: @HaleyKMBC

Hometown: Topeka

Current neighborhood: Prairie Village

What I do (in 140 characters or less): I anchor the 5 p.m. news on KMBC and the 9 p.m. news on KCWE, with Steven Albritton.

What’s your addiction? Spinning. It’s an hour of cranking out endorphins and burning calories with an added bonus: I get to sit for most of it.

What’s your game? The general calculus of my day. There’s a constant series of equations in my head, juggling my time as mom, wife, employee, etc.

What’s your drink? Pretty basic: grande coffee, light cream, one Splenda.

Where’s dinner? Work week: at my desk. Saturday: ideally, Port Fonda. Sunday: around our dining room table.

What’s on your KC postcard? Our city skyline set against a big, bold blue sky

Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got it right when …” We embraced the “Paris of the Plains” mentality and invested in arts, culture and innovation.

As a kid, I wanted to be …” a TV reporter. My parents watched the local and national news nightly. From a young age, I understood the power of visual storytelling.

“In five years, I’ll be …” Older and wiser

“I always laugh at …” Classic screwball comedy. Essentially, every scene in Bringing Up Baby

“I’ve been known to binge watch …” Too much. Master of None, House of Cards, the BBC’s Sherlock and Arrested Development, to name a few.

“I can’t stop listening to …” Podcasts. NPR’s Planet Money is a favorite.

“My dream concert lineup is …” Arcade Fire opening for Radiohead

“I just read …” Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Dreamland by Sam Quinones. We’ve been reporting on the opioid epidemic this year for our series called “State of Addiction.” Dreamland came highly recommended. It’s an illuminating look at the crisis, from the pharmaceutical companies to street-level heroin dealers.

What’s your hidden talent? Give me a toolbox and a YouTube video, and I can fix (almost) anything.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure? See “I’ve been known to binge watch…”

The best advice I ever got: Nothing worth having comes easy. 

Worst advice? Redheads look great in orange. 

My sidekick? My 3-year-old daughter, Caroline. She’s a tiny, unintentional stand-up comedian with sass, personality and beautiful blond curls for days. 

Who is your hero? My Grandma Ruby is a strong woman who faces adversity with courage. My grandpa suffers from dementia, and the compassion and devotion she gives him is true love. They’ve been married 68 years in June. 

Who (or what) is your nemesis? Green-apple licorice

What’s your greatest struggle right now? Finishing this questionnaire

My favorite toy as a child: A Hello Kitty doll with a black eye from when I accidentally dropped it in a parking-lot oil puddle

My dating triumph/tragedy: Awkward first date with my now husband, Deron. I’m lucky he believes in second chances. 

My brush with fame: A Washington, D.C., cocktail reception attended by, among others, Jessica Alba and the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Still wondering what I was doing there.

My soapbox: Don’t ever tell someone — especially a woman — to “smile more.” 

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Forgetting someone’s name

Who’s sorry now? Me, always me

My recent triumph: Potty-training a toddler

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