"Understand that people you are dealing with are human and to treat them that way, especially the staff. Aides to politicians don't sign up for doing damage control on a sex scandal." Today's "What I Wish I Knew" feature is with Dana Bash, CNN's chief congressional correspondent and a familiar face for many Capitol Hill press secretaries. (A word to the uninitiated: It's pronounced "Dan-nuh.") A lightly edited transcript follows. Q. What was one of your earliest experiences? I was a college intern for NBC news in New York and got to help out at the Democratic convention. I still remember walking around the press areas in awe seeing all the journalists I admired. I was hooked. I knew then that was what I wanted to do.
My pinch-me moment was getting on an elevator with my idol Katie Couric (who was with Jeff Zucker — ironic since he's now my boss. I never told him this story).