Who knew there could be so much glory in nearly being spit on?

When a Chicago TV news crew, trying to do a report from a city street corner instead captured the phlegmiest woman alive, the resulting video went viral. And the reporter, standing alongside as the woman spat and spat and then spat some more, went on Jimmy Kimmel last night.

Turns out the traumatized reporter has a Maryland connection -- he's Christopher DeRose, a 2007 graduate of McDaniel College.

He was a theater major. And if they taught a class in deadpan expressions, DeRose clearly mastered it.

The reporter explained how he and the crew got the video on his station's morning show, WCIU's "You & Me This Morning."

"I was in the right place at the right time for something disgusting to happen," DeRose said. "I'm taking full credit."

As something of a germaphobe, he said the incident was a bit of a nightmare.

"She was creating a pentagram of spit around me," he said, laughing. "It was not appetizing."