This Q&A with former KSTP-TV investigative reporter Lorraine Roe, an Emmy winner, may read more contentiously than it seems on my startribune.com/video.
There’s a wink in my voice and a smile on Roe’s face as she attempts to control the interview about her becoming a psychic. She took umbrage, saying she was not trying to control the interview: “I was trying not to be put in a position to prove I was a psychic. It was more to explain to you my journey.”
Her journey now includes a book, “The Psychic Housewives’ Handbook,” which she promoted during a recent appearance at Holistic Edge Expo. Roe wanted to do a psychic reading about me instead of answering the questions I was asking. I told her I wouldn’t trust her reading 1) because I am a skeptic and 2) because I have been the subject of enough profiles that she could talk about things I’ve forgotten that have been written in magazines.
At the end of our verbal tussle, I let Roe tell me what she was dying to say by way of a reading: “You were a bratty child. I’m getting bratty energy from you now.”
Despite my adult personality, I told Roe SHE WAS WRONG! We went around and around on this. She claimed my grandmother was talking to her, although she couldn’t identify my great-grandmother was when shown a photo.
So I did an investigation. I put the brat question to my mother, my favorite brutally honest aunt, my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Cross, and a church member who knew me as a child, Mrs. Cochran.
“I don’t think you were a bratty child,” said Mrs. Cochran, of Albany, Ga., on Thursday, conveying the consensus of all those interviewed on the matter.
Lorraine, believe whatever you must.
Three of the four did, however, agree with Roe about this: “I think your audience does not understand how funny you are.”
There is no need for readers to know how wildly inappropriate I am.
Q Do you have to retire your healthy reporter’s skepticism to become a psychic?
A Not at all. I totally brought it with me. I go to interview the other side and I come back, is how I operate.
Q Tell me why being a psychic isn’t hokum practiced by most people who pursue this career path?
A C.J., just tell me what the question is, just tell me! Right here, baby, tell me the question!
Q How many kids does Adrian Peterson have?
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