10 Questions for RightThisMinute anchor Gayle Bass

PHOENIX - It isn't always the big events that make us turn our head when we hear about politicians, celebrities and athletes.

Sometimes, we just want to know that when you boil it down, they're all ordinary people like us.  

What's in their fridge? What are they reading? What do they do in their off time?  ABC15.com is asking the same 10 questions of a newsmaker. But don't jump to any conclusions; these aren't the typical interview questions.

They are not meant to be probing or controversial. Instead, they're fun questions that let you get to know the person in ways you probably don't already.

This week, we're getting to know Valley TV and radio host Gayle "Gabby" Bass.

Bass is a busy lady, working as an anchor of ABC15's "RightThisMinute" and KTAR's "The Click Chick."

On "RightThisMinute" (RTM), a daily news and entertainment program, Gayle is one of four anchors using the internet, social and mobile media to engage viewers with incredible video and explosive stories you're sure to be talking about around the water cooler.

In addition to TV, Gayle is "The Click Chick," on 92.3 FM (KTAR) radio's Arizona's Morning News in Phoenix, breaking down the hot, newsworthy and interesting on the internet.

A California native, Gayle moved to Arizona in 1996 to pursue a master's degree in journalism at Arizona State University. She also earned a BA degree in European History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gayle is a familiar face to viewers in the Valley. For 8 years, she also was a regular co-host of Your Life, A to Z on KTVK-TV.

Although Gayle's career is spent entertaining folks on TV and radio, she actually has aspirations of being a foreign diplomat. Read on to learn more about this dynamic Valley broadcaster.

10 Questions for Gayle Bass

1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?

Song: "But Not for Me" as sung by Ella Fitzgerald, I love her sound on such a melancholy subject

Movie: "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) - The acting, direction and the subject matter - the trials and tribulations of veterans returning home from WWII - engages me every time.

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?

Yes, I have 2 iPhones (which amuses my friends greatly), but one a work phone. My favorite app at the moment is Dragon Dictation which translates speech-to-text. If you think auto-correct comes up with some funny stuff when it's "fixing" your errors, Dragon Dictation has some doozies in trying to figure out what I'm saying sometimes.

3. Have you come up with a few things you'd like to do before you die? If so, what's on your bucket list?

There are 4 continents that start with A, I've only been to Asia. I'd love to visit all the rest.

4. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

Definitely my parents. They lead by example. They had a strong work ethic before retirement. And even in retirement (and though a stroke has slowed my mom up greatly), they do what they can to help the community.

5. What was your very first job?

I worked in Ramona's Cafe while I was getting my BA at UC Berkeley. Even though I don't drink coffee, I always feel like I need to refill the coffee pot at work .

6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

One thing? Wow, I'd be pretty boring if there was only one thing I needed to improve. I wish I was better at spending quality time with my friends. My mom told me a few years ago that I should make every effort I can to make time for the people who want to see me and hang out. I don't do that as often as I like.

7. What do you consider your greatest success?

It's something pretty simple. When I was a teen, instead of getting a job every summer, I volunteered in my mom's classroom (She taught year-round.). One year, she got a class of kids that shouldn't have passed kindergarten. I was assigned a reading group and I taught 5 kids how to read. There is no feeling in the world like that.

8. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

I've witnessed several executions as a media observer.

9. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Everyone always says Jesus. Since I talk to him everyday, I'm going out of the box with these: My uncle Gale, after whom I was named. He died before I was born, but he raised my father after his mother died young. He taught my dad great lessons in tolerance. Number 2 would be 16 year old me. She would get a kick out of this kinda thing, and I have a few things I'd like to tell her. Number 3 would be C.S. Lewis. He wrote more than the Chronicles of Narnia and he'd definitely make the conversation interesting.

10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing

now, what would it be?

I always wanted to be a foreign diplomat. Every time I see former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright I think, "Regardless of what you think about their politics, these women are sharp." Or a full time author. Who doesn't want to be a full-time author - like Jessica Fletcher in "Murder She Wrote" but without the body count.

Check back for a new "10 Questions" on Tuesdays here on ABC15.com

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