Chris Poynter spent more than 12 years as a journalist, often covering the government beat for various newspapers — The Tallahassee Democrat and The Courier-Journal, among others. Now he works as Mayor Greg Fischer’s right-hand man, also known as the director of communications for Louisville Metro Government.
Poynter made the leap from reporter to fielding questions from reporters in 2007, when he became the deputy director of communications for then-Mayor Jerry Abramson. He now works closely with Mayor Fischer on everything from campaigns to community outreach to responding to those pesky journalists.
Insider often inundates his inbox with inquiries, and this time, Poynter was happy to respond to seven very important questions…
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
To be on “The Price is Right.” As a kid, I hosted my own show in the driveway. Remember to spay or neuter your pets!
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
Posters of “The Far Side” by Gary Larson. See above. Strange kid, I was.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Artichokes — and fresh tomatoes from my garden.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
107 — My great-grandmother, who died a couple of years ago, lived to 107 and was one very wise woman.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
(Canadian Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau (I can wish, right? At least we were both born in 1971.)
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
My ancestors, who came to America from England. I would love to know more about them and their journey.