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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Jose Antonio Vargas on Why He Brought ‘Documented’ to CNN

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Jose Antonio Vargas‘s documentary Documented makes its CNN debut this Sunday. The film follows the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist’s journey from outing himself as an undocumented immigrant to advocating for comprehensive immigration reform

If he takes a side on one of the most controversial issues of the day, does he still consider himself a journalist? WATCH:

For more videos from MediabistroTV, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Erin Burnett: ‘I Was a Willow Bay Stalker’

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Jim Cramer: My First Big Break

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You may know him for his stock-picking strategies, staying ahead of the bulls, and out of the way of the bears. But Jim Cramer‘s big break happened far from Wall Street, in Tallahassee, Florida, at a sorority house, which became the scene of a grisly crime.

Following a humble start as a newspaper reporter, along the way Cramer became a magazine writer, a lawyer, a hedge-fund manager, an online publisher and a best-selling author. And he did it all while honoring his parents’ wishes. Here’s Jim Cramer’s First Big Break.

Nick Massella Named FishbowlDC Editor

Meet your new FishbowlDC Editor, Nick Massella. Nick has been contributing to FBDC since the beginning of the year.

Skilled in the practice of publicity, when he’s not writing for the site (at an undisclosed location with wifi in Georgetown) he’s usually causing trouble fishing for gossip. So tip him early and often and follow him here on Twitter.

Patrick Tutwiler will still be jumping into the Fishbowl now and again as a contributor to the site.

Maria Bartiromo: ‘What’s Your Show?’

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After 20 years at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo has hit the ground running at Fox. Bartiromo is among a small group of TV news anchors who host two shows on two different networks. MediabistroTV visited Bartiromo on a recent Friday where her day started with editorial meetings for her FBN show, then a round of affiliate interviews, followed by the 2-hour “Opening Bell,” then a planning meeting for her Sunday show on Fox News Channel. In a “What’s Your Show?” first, we ask Maria Bartiromo: “What Are Your Shows?”

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Katie Couric’s First Big Break Came While She Was a Reporter at WRC

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news included stops at WRC in Washington and as a Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. Her current transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known as co-anchor of the “Today” show. Couric tells us timing and luck have been on her side. But she has one man to thank for her First Big Break:

TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Thursday

tvnshowsmallThe TVNewser Show is coming together. As part of the lineup we’ve got Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more joining us on April 29 in New York City. And we’d love for you to join us as well.

We’ll be talking about Aereo, a service that broadcasters want to see shut down and the Supreme Court will be taking up just a week before the TVNewser Show. Also, the use of drones in newsgathering: revolutionary but controversial. The growth of Social TV, which is changing the way shows are produced and watched. Plus, we’ll introduce you to new Web TV experiences and we’ll get to the bottom of why Millennials are the hot new audience.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today to save $200 off the full price.

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. Oh, and keep the show No. 1 in the ratings. So far, so good.

In the first edition of the new MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

FishbowlDC Interview: Patrick Tutwiler

fbdc intvu picGood morning Washington! Meet Patrick Tutwiler – actor, comedian and writer.  You may have seen one of his stand up acts around the District, or more recently, caught him in the Discovery ID series “Evil Kin.” But now he’s tackling a new role — one that couples his quick wit and unique perspectives with a personal passion for politics and incurable addiction to the news.

So without further burying the lede, it’s my pleasure to introduce Patrick Tutwiler as the new editor of FishbowlDC. You’ll get to know him in the coming days and weeks but in true Fishbowl fashion we’re kicking things off with an FBDC Interview. Read on for more and feel free to reach out to fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com with tips, ideas, advice or to join me in congratulating him on taking the plunge.

Describe yourself in haiku .

Too much time online

Formidable RISK player

This makes me a nerd?

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? Pho with lots of hoisin and sriracha.pho

You’ve been chosen as the new host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. Provide the bookers with a wish list of four guests: 

  • Jeff Bezos, because seriously, WTF is gunna happen with the Post???
  • Nate Silver, to discuss his, ahem, complicated relationship with his NYT colleagues.
  • Chelsea Handler, because she’s built a media empire and isn’t done yet.
  • Matt Drudge, because, hey, as long as we’re wishing for things…

What three words describe your editorial vision for FBDC: Inform, Entertain, Engage.

Who should TIME make 2013 Person of the Year? Edward Snowden. In one year he’s provoked public outrage over government spying, scuttled a diplomatic rapprochement with Russia, prompted Congressional hearings, frayed European alliances, flaunted the law, and thwarted the will of an American President –and he got away with it.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Cheerwine, because have you tried Cheerwine? It’s like Coke but Southern. And better.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call the cologne? Pale by Patrick Tutwiler

mozWho or what inspires you? When people who think they have nothing in common realize they can have a conversation without yelling at each other.

What’s your favorite band, song or musical genre? Morrissey.

More after the jump.

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Many Fishes in the Bowl

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Former FishbowlDC editor Patrick Gavin gets the exit interview with former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein

In the write-ups I’ve read about your departure, you see words like “edgy,” “controversial,” etc. How would YOU describe your tenure/approach to the job?

I would describe my approach as “real” and “truthful” — not things people in Washington handle too well.

What’s interesting about you is that in person you’re kind of quiet and soft spoken and polite and yet the blog gave you this reputation for having one of the sharpest pens in town. Is that an accurate take?

Yes, I think it’s an accurate take and something I always found (find) so funny. You know me as normal, low-key. Others think I’m a witch or a villain. “Normal” is all relative of course.

Did you have a temptation to write a mic-dropping, middle-finger raising last post?

(Laughing) I do like the image of a middle finger. It’s very occasionally satisfying. But no, I loved my job and appreciated the audience that read my work.

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