Carol Joynt has produced shows for Charlie Rose, David Brinkley, Ted Koppel and Larry King. Here the Emmy-winning producer, author and TV host dishes on her career, Charles Manson, "The Real Housewives of D.C." and her upcoming memoir.
How did you break into the television industry? Growing up I always wanted to be in print journalism and started out working in publishing. However, as the years past I found myself working at major news outlets and I fell in love with it.
As a producer, what was the most challenging story you’ve ever covered? Charles Manson was definitely one of the most challenging stories to produce in my career. It took me over a year to get the interview and it was quite the experience trying to understand Manson. The finished product was great though!
You’ve had a hit local show for years, “The Q&A Cafe” -- why did you choose D.C. for the location? I started the show right after 9/11 when a lot of D.C. residents were very scared and confused. My first guest was a terrorist expert and people were very fascinated by the information they received, so we kept the show going with different guest each week.
Who’s the most interesting person you’ve interviewed on "The Q&A Cafe"? The D.C. Madame, she was quite the character.
What makes D.C. such a great city to live and work in? D.C. is actually a boring city; the jobs are what make’s it interesting! I only say boring because there’s a certain way that 90 percent of the people here have to act because taxpayers are always watching them. The only way that Washington will ever get spiced up is if a bunch of billionaires moved here, but they’re not going to.
What was your take on the "Real Housewives of D.C."? It wasn’t as entertaining as the other Real Housewives series in my opinion because this is not a cartoon town and that’s what those shows are. The "Real Housewives" just won’t work here.
What about the Salahis? The Salahis are outrageous characters that live for the camera. I don’t know them personally, but that’s my take on them.
Will we read about any scoops from past interviews in your new memoir, Innocent Spouse? Yes, you’ll read about the last 13 years of my life, the show, and my journey.
Looking ten years down the road, where would you like to be? I hope to win the lottery and have my book done. I’ve had enough excitement.