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Fishbowl5 + 1 with (Now) CNN’s Maeve Reston

Another big get for CNN Digital Politics today. Maeve Reston, the LA Times political reporter and brains behind #campaignfashionreport, is joining the likes of Peter Hamby and Chris Moody at CNN Digital Politics.  In her new gig she will remain in LA, where she will write big-picture political stories, report on the intersection of Hollywood, politics and money, and contribute to both the net’s television and digital video coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Rather than posting another boring memo, we decided to ask Maeve a few questions for our Fishbowl5 feature.

get-attachment.aspxWhat’s it like to report on politics 3,000 miles from DC?

Incredibly refreshing. If I had my way, political reporters wouldn’t have desks – just a laptop, an aircard, and the freedom to roam the country finding the best stories.

Who gets more starstruck: politicians meeting movie stars, or movie stars meeting politicians?

Depends on the caliber of the politician and the caliber of the celebrity. Generally the politicians try to play it cool, while the celebrities are more honest about being starstruck.

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Fishbowl Five with FOX News Channel’s ‘Campaign Carl’

BUMP_300DPI_CARL_CAMERONAhead of tomorrow’s midterm elections, FishbowlDC’s latest five question and answer series is with FOX News Channel’s chief political correspondent Carl Cameron.

Cameron has reported on every major election for FNC since he joined the network in 1996, earning him the nickname “Campaign Carl.” Since 1988, his coverage of presidential candidates runs the gamut, from President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), to former President George Bush and former President Bill Clinton. He also served as the network’s chief White House correspondent from 2004 – 06.

On Tuesday, Cameron will report from Kentucky for the network’s coverage of the midterm elections, starting at 6 pm with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly in the anchor chairs.

In the meantime, check out our latest FishbowlDC Five with FOX News Channel’s ‘Campaign Carl.’

 

FishbowlDC: What has been the most surprising story you’ve covered on an election night?

Carl Cameron: “Election night upsets are always surprising. This year’s primary ousting of former House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor was a stunner. Republican Scott Brown’s 2010 special election victory to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in liberal Massachusetts is another example. The all-time winner to-date of course is the 2000 election recount and all that followed.”

 

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Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

Rachel SmolkinIn July, CNN announced the hire of Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Smolkin came to CNN from POLITICO where she served as managing editor of news.

At the time of her hire, managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley said that Smolkin was brought on to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

FishbowlDC recently chatted with Smolkin, who’s almost two months in, on CNN’s latest hires, coverage for the midterm elections, and of course, her CNN work crush.

 
FishbowlDC: You’re on a hiring spree at CNN – what key journalistic qualities are you looking for in building your digital politics team?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I am so excited to build this great team. We’ve made terrific hires already, with many more to come. I’m looking for smart, original thinkers who want to create memorable work and experiment with their storytelling; for beautiful writers and sharp editors of both text and video; for journalists who can spot news but also know how to separate themselves from the pack. I want to bring together people who are eager to work as a team and to take full advantage of the amazing platform that CNN offers.”

 
FishbowlDC: We’re headed into midterms and you were with POLITICO, one of the biggest names in political news. What drew you to CNN?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I loved the idea of creating something new — a political news start-up, backed by the incredible talent and resources of CNN. The digital space is getting more crowded, and that’s challenging us as journalists to keep innovating. The most powerful, most beautifully told stories are still able to break through the clutter — and those should be a combination of the best traditional and emerging storytelling techniques in text, video and social media. In just a few weeks, we’ve already launched Peter Hamby’s Hambycast, and we’re looking forward to more exciting coverage in the weeks and months ahead.” Read more

Fishbowl Five: Former DNC-er, Now Comms Director at Vogue Hildy Kuryk

Hildy KurykJust following the 2013 inauguration of President Barack ObamaHildy Kuryk, who served as the finance director of the Democratic National Committee, left Washington for New York City. Shortly after, Kuryk, who in 2011 was named one of POLITICO’s top 50 fundraisers to watch, joined Anna Wintour’s Vogue fashion empire as communications director, having first met the fashion icon in the spring of 2008 when Wintour was supporting then-Senator Obama’s campaign for president.

Nearly 18 months after leaving her life in Washington politics, we spoke with Kuryk about her new career in the fashion industry often foreign to life inside the Beltway, the intersection of politics and fashion, and what she’s learned most about Washington politics since her departure.

FishbowlDC: What have you been up to since leaving the DNC?

Hildy Kurky: “I left the DNC right after the inauguration in January 2013 and my husband, our son and I moved back to NYC. We are both from New York so it has been great being back in the city and enjoying all our old haunts and finding new ones in Brooklyn where we just moved!”

“In April of last year I started working as the Communications Director at Vogue magazine. I can’t believe it has been well over a year already – time has really flown by.”


FBDC: Where do you see the intersection of politics and fashion?

HK: “In my opinion one of the best things to come out of the 2008 Obama campaign was the idea that individual Americans could take ownership over their politics. Everyone could play a role in that campaign, no matter who you were or where you came from. In a similar vein, with the rise of social media, you have continued to see a movement in fashion toward individual style, the mix of high and low, the street style, the Instagram fashion shoots (that Vogue was the first to do!). Most of all there is a prevailing sense that you don’t have to buy designer fashion to be fashionable anymore – it is about how you present yourself and what your personal message is.”

“Of course I would also be remiss if I didn’t commend our First Lady, Mrs. Obama, on her dedication to young American designers and the spotlight she shines on our industry.”

Fishbowl Five: Huff Post’s Lauren Weber and Eliot Nelson

In March of this year, The Huffington Post jumped on the morning email tipsheet train, and three months after its launch, “The Morning Email” has proved to be an interesting and informative AM read for many.

Weekdays, TME explores the day’s national, international, and pop culture headlines alongside top tweets and humorous GIFs. Described as a “quick and breezy morning news roundup,” the newsletter is compiled daily by Huff Post reporter Lauren Weber and Eliot Nelson, a political reporter and editor in the Huffington Post’s Washington bureau.

We recently sat down with the two to find out what goes into compiling a successful morning email newsletter, what makes TME stand out among its competition, and who are their writing crushes.

FishbowlDC: What time do you start compiling The Morning Email?

Lauren: I write parts of TME the night before, mostly the less urgent bits (cat videos, lifestyle news and so forth). This prevents me from becoming completely nocturnal. In the morning, I get up around 5:30 or 6 a.m. and start typing away. Once I have a complete draft (gifs included), I turn it over to Eliot.

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FishbowlDC Q&A with DC Vote’s Kimberly Perry

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DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

National education and advocacy organization DC Vote will host its first annual Three Star Ball: Party With A Purpose next Thursday, May 22 on the National Association of Realtors rooftop. The event is in the name of Taxation Without Representation, a fight for voting rights in the District.

The evening will honor Nancy Bagley, editor in chief of Washington Life and president of the Arca Foundation, and the DC Brau Brewing Company. The ball’s host committee includes José Andrés, Vinoda Basnayake, Dannia HakkiDonald Sherman, Sarah Aburdeneh and Edward Smith.

FishbowlDC sat down with DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry for a Q&A in advance of next week’s event. Check it out, after the jump. And for tickets, click here. Read more

FishbowlDC Q&A with NYP’s Tara Palmeri

Tara Palmeri pictureMany of you remember former Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays gossip columnist Tara Palmeri as the gorgeous brunette who took DC gossip to a whole new level. In 2010, Palmeri left DC for a job at the New York Post. We recently caught up with her to see what she’s been up to, what she misses most, and New York perceptions of DC media.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?

Tara Palmeri: I’ve been a reporter for the New York Post since 2010 when I left the Washington Examiner to work for famed “Page Six” editor Richard Johnson. Writing for the saucy gossip column was a dream job. I reported daily items for nearly two years on New York’s elite before switching to the news desk to be a general assignment reporter.

My first big assignment was covering the John Edwards trial from Greensboro, NC where I was based for nearly two months.

After the trial, I spent my first year chasing national stories all over the country in cities that I probably would have never visited like Bismarck, Reno, and Boise.

Most recently, I’ve been working on investigative and enterprise stories. So if you have a tip, send it my way!

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A New Morning Ritual? WaPo Launches ‘Read In’ With Reid Wilson

Can a morning tip sheet targeted at political professionals thrive without including birthday shout-outs? That’s the question WaPo‘s Reid Wilson has set out to answer this morning. Wilson and WaPo launched “Read In” at 8:00 a.m. -a new morning tip-sheet for Hill staffers and campaign workers. Wilson knows a little bit about the biz -he is the former editor-in-chief of the Hotline at National Journal and has been covering state-level politics for WaPo’s GovBeat for the past several years. FBDC caught up with Reid over the weekend and asked him some questions about his new project. Read on in to learn more, and if you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter here.

You used to run Hotline at NJ. How is “Read In” going to differ from that and other morning tip sheets?

Read In is going to be laser-focused on its core audience – Capitol Hill staffers and members, the lobbying community, the campaign community, anyone who practices professional politics. My job is to help them do their jobs better, which means giving people a timely and comprehensive look at what they need to know before their first meeting or conference call. Hence the name: This is how people read in to their day.

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For Former Fox 5-er Paul Raphel, Big Risk Equals Big Reward

Many of you may remember him as the boy who made you fall in love with local news, but Paul Raphel isn’t so local anymore. Since the former Fox 5 segment producer and reporter left DC almost two years ago, he’s been with “TMZ Live” and most recently Ora TV’s “PoliticKING” producing his way through LA.

FishbowlDC recently caught up with Raphel to talk about what he’s been up to since relocating to the Hills, what he misses most about DC, and how his perceptions of Washington media have changed since relocating.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?
Paul Raphel: I left DC in June 2012 when I moved to California — without a job. I lived on my friend’s couch while searching for work. Professionally, it seemed crazy to leave a perfectly fine, full time job with no real plan but I didn’t want to live with ‘what if’s’ by not taking a chance in Los Angeles – something I always considered doing. A month after moving I was hired at TMZ to be the content producer for “TMZ Live” which, at the time, was their newest show. Our team took the show from two markets to airing on all the major FOX affiliates by September 2013. I have now moved from pop culture to politics and started working for Ora TV in January as a producer on Larry King’s political show PoliticKING. It’s been really exciting to start the year at Ora because it is a very new digital network that airs shows with recognizable names like Larry King and Jesse Ventura.

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Dan Savage on his HUMP! Tour, Sex in DC, and the GOP

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 13.24.15Earlier today, FishbowlDC had the opportunity to speak with love and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, in advance of the DC stop of his amateur adult film festival, HUMP!. The show premiers tonight and runs through Saturday at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

HUMP! films take a nuanced approach to amateur adult films by using parody, documentary themes, animation, and more to give viewers an artistic look at the genre. The festival was created in 2005 by the “Savage Love” author as a sex-positive and creative outlet for amateur pornographers.

Eight screenings are planned for its visit to DC, including Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 at 8 and 10 pm and at 4, 6, 8, and 10 pm Saturday, March 22. Tickets may be purchased at http://humptour.strangertickets.com. The festival’s DC stop is presented by the Washington City Paper, which runs “Savage Love” weekly and online.

Read on for our Q&A with Savage on the origins of the tour, what we can expect, and naturally, his answers to Push/F@#k/Marry with Fox News’ Bret Baier, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

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