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DC Media Dominates Mediaite’s 2014 ‘Very BEST in Media’ Awards

Mediaite-LogoMediaite released its 2014 “Very BEST in Media“ awards this afternoon, and without a doubt, the journalists of Washington won the day.

From CNN’s Jake Tapper being named “Best Cable News Host” for his show The Lead, to Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace as the “Best Sunday Show Moderator” — across the board, DC’s newspeople dominated the list.

As the website points out, the selections were not based on ratings or popularity, but who, in their opinion, ”did important, smart, or entertaining work, Nielsen be damned.”

Among the other honorees mentioned by Mediaite were CBS White House Correspondent, Mark Knoller, for “Best Media Twitter Account”; The Washington Post‘s T. Rees Shapiro for “Best Reporting”; and Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic for ”Best Print/Web Columnist.”

A big FishbowlDC congrats to all!

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Andrea Mitchell to Receive 2015 Matrix Award

andrea_mitchell_a_p_300New York Women in Communications announced their 2015 Matrix Award honorees yesterday– a list that included NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

The 2015 Matrix Awards will be presented on Monday, April 27, 2015 at a luncheon ceremony in New York, honoring seven women who have established themselves in the communications community.

The theme of the 45th annual Matrix Awards is “Women Who Change the World” through their outstanding achievements and talents in the communications fields.

“We are elated to honor these seven remarkable women who have made a lasting impact in the field of communications,” said Linda Descano, President of New York Women in Communications. ”Although they’re all involved in different disciplines of the industry, their accomplishments show that that together, they are truly connecting the world.  We are thrilled to welcome these women into our Matrix Hall of Fame.”

Other honorees include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra L. LeeJulianna Margulies award-winning actress and producer; editor-in-chief of Elle Magazine, Roberta Myers; Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer of Macy’s; and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

President Praises Hanks At Kennedy Center Honors

Kennedy Center HonorsPresident Barack Obama saluted this year’s Kennedy Center honorees last night – Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Sting, Al Green and Patricia McBride – but heaped particular praise on Academy award-winning actor, Tom Hanks.

“Tom’s career began just like so many Hollywood legends — dressing in drag for a show called ‘Bosom Buddies,’ kung-fu fighting The Fonz on ‘Happy Days’” joked the President.

“As the years passed, he told us ‘there’s no crying in baseball,’ ‘life is like a box of chocolates.’  He told ‘Houston, we have a problem.’  And as a cartoon cowboy, he showed us we can always keep our faith in a little boy.”

Obama continued on a more serious note, “Tom isn’t known simply for his characters — he’s known for his character.”

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Wolf Is ‘All About That Bass’

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“No treble” for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer? Last evening during CNN Heroes, the television special honoring the humanitarian contributions of individuals around the globe, Anderson Cooper introduced a video clip of some of Wolf’s private moments in studio.

Cooper: ”This is what Wolf Blitzer does in the Situation Room when he thinks no one is looking.”

To the tune of Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Wolf busted out some two-step swaying action and finger waggin’.

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Announcement of 2014 ‘Women Who Rule’ Award Winners

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POLITICO, Google, and the Tory Burch Foundation have announced the winners of their inaugural ‘Women Who Rule’ awards — the annual award ceremony is an extension of their Women Rule series.

Among this year’s recipients are Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls CODE, Joanna Coles of Cosmopolitan, Carrie Rich of the Global Good Fund, and Stacey D. Stewart of United Way Worldwide. The award winners will be honored at this year’s Women Rule summit, to be held Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Washington, D.C. POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation opened nominations in July for the Women Who Rule awards to recognize women who are leading change across the country.

For information on getting involved, email womenrule@politico.com and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #WomenRule.

For media inquiries, email Olivia Petersen at opetersen@politico.com.

PR News Names This Year’s Top Women in the Biz

PR News Online just released the first-ever list of women named to its new Top Women in PR Awards program–and most of the names won’t surprise you.

Women who made the cut for this inaugural awards program span across all areas of the industry—from representing major media networks like CNN, to behemoth contracting firms like Lockheed Martin, as well as running smaller PR shops with big-name clients.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 11.37.25 AM“Women have long been at the forefront of public relations, creating communications strategies for brands, nonprofits and government agencies—managing crises, developing brand messages, protecting and building brand reputations and creating content for digital platforms PR News’ Top Women in PR Awards will celebrate those women who have made bold advances in these areas in the last year for their own organizations or for clients,” PR News said in a statement on its website. Read more

Watch: President Obama Presents Medal of Freedom to Tom Brokaw, Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep, and 16 Others (LIVE)

PBS NewsHourPresident Barack Obama will present the nation’s highest civilian honor to 19 journalists, artists, public servants and activists this afternoon.

Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom will include legendary NBC anchor, Tom BrokawEthel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, actress Meryl Streep and composer Stephen Sondheim.

Watch the award presentations live via PBS at 2:15 p.m. ET. Read more

CNN’s Gloria Borger Receives the ‘American Gavel Award’

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CNN chief political analyst, Gloria Borger received the American Gavel Award from American Judges Association. The award was presented to Borger on Wednesday by Judge Brian MacKenzie, president of the association.

She won for the 30-minute documentary, The Marriage Warriors, on same sex marriage, exploring the Supreme Court case led by Theodore Olson and David Boies. The piece also included interviews from Rob Reiner, Kris Perry and Sandy Steir.

Tom Brokaw to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

brokawPresident Obama named nineteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom today, among them, legendary NBC anchor, Tom Brokaw. Other notable recipients include Ethel KennedyStevie Wonder, Meryl Streep, and Stephen Sondheim. The award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, will be presented at the White House November 24.

“I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our Nation’s highest civilian honor,” President Obama said. “From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”

Here is he full list of this year’s Medal of Freedom recipients:  Read more

U.S. News’ Dave Catanese Named “Best in Show” at Karaoke in the Capital

daveU.S. News & World Report’s senior politics writer Dave Catanese won for “Best in Show” at last night’s Karaoke in the Capital at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Catanese sang Kanye West’s “Clique” and U.S. Newsers Nikki Schwab, Kimberly Leonard, and Lauren Boyer joined onstage as back-up dancers.

The sixth annual event was put on by the American Association of Political Consultants’ Mid-Atlantic Chapter and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation was the night’s beneficiary.

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