1. Brian Williams
Sure, Brian Williams has plenty of news credibility; he hosts Rock Center and is the anchor/managing editor of the NBC Night News. But he also made regular 30 Rock appearances and delivers news with a sharp enough tongue to merit a segment on The Soup.
2. Tom Brokaw
He’s the only person to host all three of NBC’s major news programs, and it’s fairly certain that God has his glorious, glorious voice.
3. Richard Engel
As NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, he’s done extensive coverage of the Middle East. Late last year, he and his crew survived a kidnapping in Syria.
4. Shane Smith
Co-founder and CEO of VICE, this journalist/web entrepreneur owns a mountain in Costa Rica and a pub in London, (equally chill places to hang). But you’re more likely to find him covering a story anywhere from Russia to Iran.
5. Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper has literally stopped in the middle of reporting to save lives. We all owe this man a beer.
6. Matt Taibbi
He’s a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, covering everything from politics to sports, but a satirical column he wrote for the New York Press cost him and the editor who published it their jobs. It’s the type of controversy that would make for some interesting beer talk.
7. Nate Silver
The creator of the much-read FiveThirtyEight blog at The New York Times, he would likely be able to predict your drink order (and everyone else’s).
8. Malcolm Gladwell
After two hours with this journalist, you’ll be 9,998 hours away from being an expert in talking with Malcolm Gladwell.
9. Willard Scott
Journalist/clown? Yes! Another round.
10. SuChin Pak
When MTV still focused on music, Pak interviewed everyone from *NSYNC to Fred Durst for the network’s daily news show. A drink with this journalist would allow for hours of reminiscing to happen.
11. Nicholas Kristof
Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, hanging out with this columnist is likely to raise your IQ by a few points.
12. Susan Orlean
Writer for The New Yorker since 1992, Orlean also wrote the book that was adapted into Adaptation. (And she was portrayed by Meryl Streep!)