July 16, 2007
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U.S. ATTORNEY PATRICK FITZGERALD TO PLAY “NOT MY JOB”
ON NPR QUIZ SHOW WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!
AIRING JULY 21-22 AND AVAILABLE AS NPR PODCAST




July 16, 2007; Washington, D.C. – U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, special counsel who led the prosecution of former vice presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the CIA leak case, gets the tables turned on him when he plays “Not My Job” on the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!®, airing the weekend of July 21-22 on NPR Member stations nationwide. It will be available as an NPR podcast beginning Sunday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at www.NPR.org.

In the “Not My Job” segment, a celebrity is quizzed on something he knows absolutely nothing about. Others who have recently played along include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, asked about the habits of rock stars; GM CEO Bob Lutz, questioned on famous people with agoraphobia; Elizabeth Edwards, wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, quizzed about celebrity rehab treatment centers; and Ted Koppel, asked about the box office bust Sahara.

This is Fitzgerald’s first media appearance since the conclusion of the Libby case.

While Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! goes on the road to produce the show in a number of markets each year, the show’s home base is Chicago, and Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, will be close to home when it’s taped this week in the city’s Millennium Park. “Several times recently I thought about getting tickets to go watch it, but never got it done,” he notes. “Now I know I have a seat.”

"We're going to subject Patrick Fitzgerald to the rigors of our quiz and whether he wins or loses is entirely up to him,” says Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! “Of course, if he does lose, we expect the President to intervene and change the result. It'd only be fair, right?"

Now in its 10th year, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! offers a contemporary twist on the old-time radio quiz show, tapping into current NPR News stories for its questions and comedy. Joining Sagal is official judge and scorekeeper, NPR newscaster Carl Kasell. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their answering machines. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! airs on 425 NPR member stations with an audience of 2.3 million listeners weekly; its audience has grown in every ratings period since its premiere in January 1998. For stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is also be available as a free podcast at www.NPR.org.

The show is produced by NPR and Chicago Public Radio; Doug Berman is Executive Producer.

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