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FOX News Radio Hires Jon Decker As WH Correspondent

latestFOX News Radio (FNR) has announced the hiring of Jon Decker as a White House correspondent.

Decker will make his debut with FNR on January 5th, 2015 and will represent the station in the White House press corps. As FNR’s White House correspondent, he will be based in Washington, DC and cover all White House related news.

Decker is joining the station from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “White House Insider” program where he served as a White House correspondent.

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TNT’s Final ‘Christmas in Washington’ Special Tomorrow

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Taped Sunday evening, TNT’s broadcast of ”Christmas in Washington” airing at 8 PM ET tomorrow will be its last – at least for the time being.

The 33-year-old special, hosted this year by my fellow Miami Hurricane, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will have to find a new home after the network’s parent company, Time Warner, decided on Monday that it will no longer sponsor the special.

This year’s “Christmas in Washington,” taped at the National Building Museum, was headlined by holiday-themed performances from Rita Ora, Darius Rucker, Hunter Hayes, Christina Perri and Aloe Blacc, as well as the traditional group carol sing-a-long with President Barack Obama, the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.

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NPR Hires Tasneem Raja As Senior Digital Editor of ‘Code Switch’

rlUq6_aFTasneem Raja will be joining NPR as senior digital editor of Code Switch, announced Lynette Clemetson, director of editorial initiatives, and Carline Watson, executive producer of Culture and Identity Unit, in a staff memo this morning.

Tasneem currently works at Mother Jones as senior editor, focusing on data-driven journalism. Prior to Mother Jones, Tasneem had been a reporter for the Chicago Reader, as well as a part of the San Francisco- based non-profit news organization, Bay Citizen, which had partnered with the New York Times back in 2010.

She was named “one of the smartest people on Twitter” by Fast Company, and is ”a leading voice in the conversation on gender, race, and tech culture.” The graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism will be starting with NPR’s Code Switch in late January when she arrives in Washington.

Welcome to our nation’s capital, Tasneem!

#TBT Part Deux: Colbert Report’s First Episode

Colbert2In honor of tonight’s final episode of “The Colbert Report,” let’s take a look back at the episode that started it all…

“A new television show premieres, and changes the world…” said Colbert in the intros of his inaugural episode, more than 9 years ago.

Comedy Central will be running past episodes throughout the day, until a new episode of “The Daily Show” — followed by “The Colbert Report” finale. Colbert will be off the air until August or September, when he will return as the host of CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

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WaPo Partnering With The Texas Tribune

Earns Washington PostYou know what they say, everything’s bigger in Texas…

Starting in January, The Washington Post will be teaming up with The Texas Tribune for a partnership that will include the sharing of editorial content, collaboration on events and more.

The announcement came in a newsroom memo this morning from Martin Baron:

I’m delighted to announce a new partnership with The Texas Tribune, the nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that has earned its reputation for ambitious journalism and digital innovation.

Under the partnership, which begins with the new year, we’ll get exclusive outside-of-Texas access to Texas Tribune stories for both our website and our newspaper. Texas Tribune reporters will contribute to The Fix, Post Politics, GovBeat and other venues on our site. They will also contribute to our videos, and Texas Tribune’s weekly politics video series, the Texas Political Roundup, will run on PostTV.

Texas Tribune’s new Washington, D.C., bureau chief, Abby Livingston, will work out of our newsroom. We look forward to her becoming a major contributor to the partnership.

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FOX News’ Lea Gabrielle Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine

OJSAXizbFOX News’ Lea Gabrielle, correspondent for “Shepard Smith Reporting,” was featured in the December 2014 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine.

In the piece, Gabrielle reflects on her career in the military and journalism, as well as her roots in the DC-area. The Alexandria, VA native (and total babe) is a former intelligence operations officer and U.S. Navy fighter pilot of 12 years. Gabrielle, who previously worked for NBC News in Washington, is celebrating her one year anniversary with FOX News Channel.

Below is Bailey Lucero-Carter‘s Q&A with Gabrielle from this month’s edition of Northern Virginia Magazine. Enjoy!

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#TBT: Fidel Castro on Meet the Press

Fidel CastroHappy Throwback Thursday, mis amigos!

In the spirit of yesterday’s news out of Havana, NBC dusted off an old clip from their archives.

On April 19th, 1959, Fidel Castro appeared on “Meet the Press” in Washington, DC and was asked by host, Lawrence Spivak, about his feelings on the American people, ”to the people of the United States, sincerely, what I think about the citizens of the United States [is] that they are very nice and noble people…”

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Thursday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Mikvah Voyeurism Media Event at the National Press Club, 2 p.m.

— DC Black Film and Media Club presents “Though A Lens Darkly” at the West End Cinema, 6:45 p.m.

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PBS NewsHour Partnering With OZY Media


PBS NewsHour and OZY Media today announced a content and social partnership. Say what?

The nearly 40-year-old NewsHour, co-anchored for the past year by Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, is teaming up with the digital news mag OZY Media, launched in the fall of 2013, to promote each others content online, to also include OZY co-founder Carlos Watson joining Ifill on broadcast to discuss internet trends and highlights.

“PBS NewsHour sets the bar for quality reporting and Gwen has reached the pinnacle of respect in the world of journalism,” Watson said in an announcement. “In just over a year, we just reached 7 million unique visitors last month and are seen and heard by millions more through our partners. As we continue to grow, we’re thrilled to be working closely with PBS NewsHour and sharing a commitment to give our audiences a fun and fresh way to learn about what’s new and what’s next.”

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Boston Globe’s Stephen Heuser to Lead Politico’s New Policy Project

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 3.20.30 PMBoston Globe’s Ideas section editor Stephen Heuser is heading to Politico where he will head up “The Agenda,” the site’s new policy project, Susan Glasser wrote in a staff memo.

Heuser, a Yale grad and longtime Globe staffer, will work alongside Michael Grunwald,  The Agenda’s editor-at-large.

“We envision it as wonkery with a purpose: smart, timely, original and relevant to the policy debates that are actually on Washington’s agenda, or should be,” Glasser said.

The project is expected to launch at the beginning of next year.