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Jim Sciutto: The Hot Dad

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Washingtonian MOM came out with its winter edition this week, and guess who got the nod for their “The Hot Dad” segment? None other than CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent and father of two boys, Jim Sciutto.

FishbowlDC asked his wife and ABC News’ Asia correspondent, Gloria Riviera, what do you think of Jim being a “hot dad”?

“I think it’s super fun! In a lighthearted way it captures the juxtaposition so many working fathers are living everywhere. It may be more extreme in a place like DC, but fundamentally it’s the same all over. By day, a father spends his work day furrowing his eyebrows and holding forth. When off the clock, he’s at the beck and call of the latest Lego project. I also simply love that a magazine devoted to moms takes a moment to celebrate the dads as well.”

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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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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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Fishbowl Q&A with FedScoop Founder Goldy Kamali

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Earlier this week, the government tech news site FedScoop hosted its Symantec Government Symposium featuring keynote speaker, Leon Panetta. The event is the area’s largest annual public-sector-focused gathering of leading global IT thought leaders from government, higher ed, and industry.

FishbowlDC had the opportunity to chat with FedScoop’s founder and CEO Goldy Kamali (shown right with Panetta) about the creation of her site and what we can expect next.

Prior to starting FedScoop, Kamali was with the American Electronics Association and has been named to the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, a Rising Star by Government Computer News, and Top Women in Tech by GovFresh. Read on for our Q&A with Goldy!

Why did you launch FedScoop?

The idea came to me when I had to frequent 20 or so publications and blogs weekly for my job at the time. I realized there were too many players in the government IT media space and none that were very comprehensive. I initially set out to create a one-stop-shop and things blossomed quite organically from there.

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FishbowlDC Interview with National Journal‘s Kristin Roberts

We haven’t laughed out loud while reading someone’s answers to our FishbowlDC Interview survey in a long time, but we sure did when we read Kristin Roberts‘. This lady is sharp! She’s also shares our love of disco fries and disdain for Jenny McCarthy (she’s a public health menace!) -so she’s all right in our book.

Roberts has been Managing Editor for National Journal since October of last year, and as such has been responsible for NJ‘s reporting across all its platforms -digital and print. Before that, she spent 11 years at Reuters, holding many positions, ultimately becoming news editor and deputy bureau chief for their Washington bureau.

But without further ado, ladies and gentlemen: the FishbowlDC Interview with Kristin Roberts…

Name something every journalist in DC does that drives you crazy. Criticizes other reporters, so I won’t.

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? Disco fries.

2014 will be the year of the ____? Slapdash over-analysis.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Mexican Coke. I’m rarely sweet, but when I am, it’s the real deal.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call it? Eau de rondelles d’oignons frites.

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FishbowlDC Interview with WaPo‘s Ben Terris

Ben Terris is a political reporter for WaPo‘s “Style” section, and an all around dapper fellow. When he’s not talking politics or hunting boar, he’s busy plugging his wife’s many entrepreneurial endeavors (see below) -just like a good husband should. A Massachusetts native, Terris got his start in journalism at the Boston Globe before moving over to the National Journal in 2010, and then getting picked up by WaPo in December. We caught up with Ben earlier this month and asked him a few questions for the latest installment of our world-famous FishbowlDC Interview:

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? When I was a kid I sometimes daydreamed about being on my deathbed and eating all types of poisonous berries. I wanted to (and still want to) know what they all taste like, and that was the only way I could imagine finding out without any long-lasting consequences. So either that, or the most expensive cheeseburger in the world.

2014 will be the year of the ____? Best American Magazine Writing

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Right now I’d be a Genesee Cream Ale. It’s cheap, does the job, and pairs well with Jim Beam. I’m hoping, however, to someday be a Heady Topper.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call it? Smellin’ of Troy

Who or what inspires you? My wife. First, she’s killing it as a jeweler, then she starts an Instagram-based pillow company (yeah, yeah, insert Portlandia-themed jokes here), and she’s disciplined enough to keep herself focused and working without anyone telling her to.

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FishbowlDC Interview: Dina Fine Maron

Here in DC, we tend to get obsessed with politics and scandal. And drinking. But there’s more to This Town than just the usual crimes being committed by the usual suspects. There’s also Science! Scientific American -beloved of dentist office waiting rooms across America – hired their first DC-based Associate Editor, Dina Fine Maron, a few months ago. She’s been hard at work since trying to make the city -and the country -a little bit smarter. A futile effort, we know! But you have to admire a gal who tries.

Maron writes about health, medicine and biology, and has previously reported for Newsweek, Time.com, Greenwire, ClimateWire, Science News and The Boston Globe. Her coverage on mental illness and stigma for Newsweek was awarded the Outstanding Media Award for 2009 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We asked Dina to sit down and answer some questions for our FishbowlDC interview. Read, and be entertained!

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? If it’s my last meal, I’d kind of like to make it myself. Cooking can be soothing, especially if it’s going to be the final thing I do. I’d go with fried green tomatoes, fettucine, chocolate cake and then top it all off with popcorn. That’s a must. I love popcorn.

Who should TIME make 2013 Person of the Year? Kiribati. The tiny collection of islands is heavily populated and poised to be swept away by the Pacific so we might as well recognize it while we can.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? My brother says I’m like a corona chased with adderall and beta blockers. I write about medicine so it works.

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FishbowlDC Interview with Cap File‘s Elizabeth Thorp

Elizabeth Thorp has been in DC for 21 years (she moved here when she was 10, y’all), and thought she was perfectly happy working in PR and politics (and creating the upscale travel site Poshbrood.com) till, she says, a great opportunity just fell in her lap. She’s been Editor-in-Chief of the best luxury and life-style magazine in town, Capitol File, since September and has been having a blast. Niche COO Katherine Nicholls and Capitol File Managing Editor Mandi Norwood wooed her to the job, and since then she has been hard at work bringing more depth and substance to the famously glitzy pub. Recent articles have included a piece by Jake Tapper on the Newseum’s Anchorman exhibit, and a profile of vegan, Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). We asked Mizz Thorp to answer a few questions for our latest installment of the FishbowlDC Interview. And, btw, if you wanna check out the new issue of Capitol File, click away!

Describe yourself in haiku.

Happy working mom

Too weary to produce

A fabu Haiku

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? Champs and an In & Out Burger, Animal Style. Also raw cookie dough

What three words describe your editorial vision for Capitol File? Politics, Power, Philanthropy wrapped in Chanel

Who should TIME make 2013 Person of the Year? BatKid, no contest.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Fresca – bubbly, snarky, fun, smarter than you might think.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call the cologne? Eau de Bethesda or Trois Filles No. 7 just because it sounds fancy, I have three girls and my birthday is on the 7th.

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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.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Washington Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris

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McMorris-300Say hello to Washington Free Beacon writer Bill McMorris, a writer covering the labor beat for the Washington Free Beacon. Brooklyn born Bill has contributed to the conservative-leaning watchdog.org. McMorris is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Robert Novak Fellowship. He’s been known to sport a mean bowtie, and tweets under the handle @FBillMcMorris (according to Bill, the F stands for “Fancy”).

Let’s begin.

How often do you Google yourself? I try not to do it too often because I’m William J. McMorris III. The first time I Googled myself I found out my dad got sued.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “I’ll have it ready in five minutes.” It always takes longer, making it the cruelest thing you can say to an editor. I make sure to say this daily.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Jon Allen is always interesting. I never miss anything from The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, Andrew Ferguson, or Free Beacon‘s Biff Diddle. But the only must-read byline I know of is on the Washington Free Beacon Staff. That guy’s always got the scoops.

budweiserIf you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? The 30 percent of my body that’s not water is recycled Budweiser.

Do you have a favorite word? Karate.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I overuse semicolons in stories and the F word in conversation.

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, Meghan McCain or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. McCain only because I haven’t heard of the other two and I haven’t been kicked out of a restaurant in a couple years.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Basically every conversation I’ve had that hasn’t involved my journalism career.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. I once approached Dennis Miller at some fundraiser in Santa Barbara and said “Excuse me Mr. Miller, I’m sorry to interrupt” and he said “Yes, you are. Go stand over there.” I stood in the corner and to my surprise he came over and gave me a great interview when he finished his conversation.

FE_DA_0124_Lewinsky-279x300The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica Lewinsky is too old to repopulate, isn’t she? My wife’s way more violent than Arias, so I think I could handle it. I’m the oldest of nine kids, so we’d have the earth back up and running in no time. Read more

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