BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “It’s my 35th. There is no big party in Baltimore — where I will be working for a week shooting a profile on health commissioner Leana Wen and her work fighting the opioid overdose crisis. However, I’m looking forward to having a birthday pizza party with my family when I get back to L.A.”

How did you get your start in journalism? “I was an advance guy for Mayor Bloomberg when in college at NYU. That job gave me the tools to do what I do today: listen to people and soak up every last piece of information possible and, then, turn around and share it with the ‘boss.’ Then, the ‘boss’ was Mike Bloomberg. Today, it’s our viewers. That was my start. My first real job in television was at AMC right around the time that Mad Men started, and I was doing red carpet interviews at movie premieres. It turns out that trying to wrangle super famous people — who don’t want to talk with you — was the best training I could have ever gotten for chasing down politicians on the floor of the 2016 conventions.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading now or finished? And why? “I just finished ‘The Devil’s Highway: A True Story,’ by Luis Alberto Urrea and ‘The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From The Border,’ by Francisco Cantú.”

What is a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention? “Unaffordability. The president keeps talking about how well the stock market and economy are doing. But where I come from, California, homelessness is a crisis and working class people are sleeping in their cars in what is supposedly the most prosperous state. All across the country people are commuting almost as long as they spend at their actual jobs just so that they can afford a place to live. What does the future of work in the U.S. look like and what does it mean for our lives? That’s something I’d like to keep exploring.”

How is the Trump presidency going? “It’s… going? Seeing how it’s played out far away from Washington has been the best part of my job. I spent the majority of 2016 with the constituents who voted for Trump. They’d probably do it again. However, what we didn’t see back then was the type of massive, organized opposition that we now see regularly surrounding a variety of issues: women’s issues, structural racism, immigration and now guns. To be a part of that coverage — and to witness the reaction to what happens in D.C. outside of D.C. – that is why I love my job.”

What’s a fun fact that people in Washington might not know about you? “Most of the time that I have spent in D.C. has been with the ‘Why Tuesday?’ organization. They advocate weekend or national holiday voting to increase our embarrassingly low-voter turnout and push for ways to fix our broken voting system and to protect the right to vote.”

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