"CBS This Morning"co-host Erica Hill shared a few things about her life and interests with CBS News.com as the new CBS morning broadcast launched.
1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lot of different things when I was a kid, from my plan to hold down two jobs at once as a circus performer and a USPS mail carrier, to dreams of being a pediatrician and even starring on Broadway. Thankfully, I was always curious and rather chatty, which makes journalism a perfect fit.
2. What's your morning routine?
My BB alarm goes off just after 3 a.m., and I do my best to be out of bed before my iPhone alarm sounds six minutes later. I read through some emails to wake up, check my news apps and am on my way to the studio by 4 a.m. Once here, I make a cup of coffee, check in with producers and dive into the morning papers and the show rundown before I head to makeup at 4:45 a.m. My entire morning is spent reading, watching TV and talking with producers until we hit the studio around 6:15 a.m.
When we're clear from the studio -- usually sometime after 10 a.m. -- I check in with my husband and kids and then catch up on emails, finish reading the newspapers, get started on magazines, and move into the second part of my day which involves...more reading!
I'm usually here working on stories, pitches, segments for the show until early afternoon. On a perfect day, I can squeeze in a workout before picking up my boys at school then heading to either a playdate or straight home to make dinner. After dinner and perhaps a dance party with my kids, it's on to bathtime and bedtime stories (during which I often fall asleep). Once my kids are in bed, my husband and I try to catch up on our days, get things ready for the next day, and then I log on for a quick pre-bed read-in before going to sleep for real by 9:30 or 10 p.m.
3. Which five albums would you bring with you to a desert island?
I can't pick five albums, so I'm picking five Pandora channels: Van Morrison, Today's Hits, Glee, Coldplay and Adele.
4. Favorite comfort food?
Grilled cheese (swiss on marble rye) and tomato soup.
5. What's your favorite film?
I always seem to go back to "When Harry Met Sally" and I will forever love "Miracle on 34th Street," but lately we're watching a lot of "Rio" in our house.
6. What's your favorite sports team?
I root for the Yankees (my Dad), Colts (husband), Boston University hockey. Love watching NCAA basketball -- Hoosiers are the team to watch this year!
7. What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
I'd tell myself to travel more, go to more dinners with my Dad, and have him record his stories or at the very least, write them down. I would give anything to sit with him again for an afternoon.
8. What was the last book you read?
The last book I read for pleasure was "Maine" by J. Courtney Sullivan. This morning I read "What Snowmen Do at Night" by Caralyn Buehner for the 387th time -- never gets old.
9. Finish this sentence. People would be surprised to hear that I...
...I don't like chicken wings. My friend, Mary Anne, says it's un-American. I say more wings for her, and more celery for me.