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Baby Boy for SKDK’s Shipley

SKDKnickerbocker’s Andrew Shipley and wife, Laura, welcomed to the world this week Henry Cole Shipley.  Baby Henry (who looks remarkably like an elfin rapper in this picture) was born at 11.56 pm on November 15th.  He weighs 8 lbs. 10 ounces and is 21 inches in length.  Congrats to the proud parents and welcome to the Fishbowl, Henry!   h/t Drew Cole

Summer Superlatives: Best Cap Hill Press Secretary

We decided to mix things up a little with this category. But who better than FishbowlDC readers to name 2011′s Best Capitol Hill Press Secretary?  From fielding your calls to feeding you tips, these folks can make or break a journo’s day.  So which one of these fine flacks is the best press secretary (or comm. director) on Capitol Hill?

The nominees are….Michael Steel from Speaker John Boehner’s office, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Nadeam Elshami, Charles Chamberlayne for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Vince Morris from the office of Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

Brunswick Group Converts WSJ’s Stephen Power

Stephen Power is heading to the dark side.  It was announced today that the Wall Street Journal reporter plans to abandon his beat and join the wonderful world of communications as a Director in Brunswick Group’s Washington, D.C. office.

A seasoned journalist, Power has covered both energy policy and the automotive industry during his 11 year run  with WSJ.  Prior to that, he reported business and local news for The Dallas Morning News and covered the Pacific Northwest for Gannett News Service.  Power begins his new gig on August 15th.  Congrats to Stephen!

AOL/HuffPost Hosts ONA Happy Hour

Ryan Reilly, Sam Stein and Chris Potter

Remember when a rooftop party was more pleasure than pain?  Late last week, before the jaws of hell blew its fiery breath upon our fair city, the Online News Association (ONA) gathered on the roof of AOL/Huffington Post’s downtown office for a meet and greet with the D.C. bureau.  ONA members and guests enjoyed spectacular weather, signature cocktails and panoramic views of the monuments from the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop.  Those were the days…

Guests included Christian Moritz from the Nat’l Manufacturers Association, Ogilvy’s Imani Greene and Jennifer Mastin, SKDK’s Emily Lenzner, AOL/HuffPo’s Peter CherukuriChris Potter, Sam Stein, Ryan Reilly, Deven Goldfarb and Amanda Whiteman, Edelman’s David Almacy, Mitzi Emrich and Mory Fontanez, Chris Choi of Bully Pulpit Interactive, The Hill’s Jamie Klatell, BPI’s Ben Burke and Mark Skidmore.

Haddad and Fischer Host Luxe Lunch for McCormick

You know you’re one hell of a flack when a flock of journos bust their midday beat to break bread in your honor.  And such is the case of Kelley McCormick,  former partner at Qorvis Communications and Reese Witherspoon lookalike.  McCormick and her new role as Gibraltar Associates COO were toasted yesterday at a swanky lunch hosted by “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and the one and only Tammy Haddad.

Nearly 40 guests mingled over champagne before sitting down to a three-course wine luncheon of split pea soup with creme fraiche, bacon-garnished crab cake and tasty dessert.  Both Fischer and Haddad shared kind words about their friend before Gibraltar CEO Eric Bovim raised a glass to McCormick, gushing “I can’t imagine doing this without her.”

Attendees of the fancy-pants lunch fete included Politico’s Mike Allen, NBC White House producer Alicia Jennings, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, The Hill’s Kate Oczypok, DC’s Karen Sommer Shalett, Janet Donovan, Cap File’s Kate Bennett and Sarah Schaffer, Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie, Kiki Ryan, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Tracy Sefl, Washingtonian’s Sophie Gilbert, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Emily Lenzner, Poshbrood’s Elizabeth Thorp, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner and SELF‘s Marc Adleman.  Congrats to Kelley!

L to R: Betsy Fischer, Mike Allen, Kate Bennett, Halle Mayes, Tammy Haddad, Marc Adelman, Kelley McCormick.

*All photos courtesy of Haddad Media.

Qorvis Hires Chaffee

Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee has joined Qorvis Communications as a senior adviser. In his new role Chaffee will help clients “navigate the complex and interacting levels of Washington” by applying his knowledge of the city’s social and political community.  He will also advise in the development of communications and event strategies.

Chaffee, who spent 17 years as an editor and writer for the Washington Times before joining Washington Life, will remain on board with the magazine as an editorial consultant.  Congrats to Kevin!

MK and Steel Engaged.

Congrats to two of my favorite people in Washington.  Boehner spokesman Michael Steel popped the question to FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert on the Speaker’s balcony last night…

Ryan Flacks for Racks

Former Politico Click reporter Kiki Ryan has landed a new gig.  Ryan, who’s been freelancing since she left Politico late last year, has joined the communications department at Susan G Komen for the Cure, a foundation for education, research and the search for a cure to breast cancer.  In her new role, Kiki will work in media relations and public affairs for the non-profit’s local and national philanthropic initiatives.

Prior to her stint at Politico, Ryan wrote the Yeas and Nays column with Jeff Dufour at the Examiner.  She began her new job at Susan G Komen this week.  Congrats to Kiki!

The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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Journos Go Venga!

Lord, Gregory and Zimmerman

Dufour and Cherukuri

A menagerie of metrosexuals and the ladies who love them gathered at Fiola Wednesday evening for the launch of Winston Lord‘s new venture, Venga.  The company, co-founded by Sam von Pollaro,  is the creator of iPhone and Andriod apps that connect Washington D.C. consumers with exclusive offers, specials, happy hours, and music at restaurants, bars and lounges.  Out to show their support for Lord and Von Pollaro’s entrepreneurial efforts were NBC’s David Gregory, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, CNN’s Ed Henry, FNC’s Chris Wallace, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour, Huffington Post’s Peter Cherukuri, Tammy Haddad, man-about-town Mark Ein, and Politico’s Mike Allen.  Also spotted were Nats player Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Isabella from Top Chef.

Congrats to Winston!  For more information on Venga, visit govenga.com

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