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Capitol File Welcomes New Associate Editor

moellerAs of today, Capitol File magazine has a new associate editor, Amy Moeller. Moeller was previously the social and style editor at What’s Up? magazine, a monthly luxury/lifestyle publication in Annapolis, Md. In that role she managed the entertainment and society pages as well as the style section. Moeller has also previously served as the assistant editor at Annapolis pub Taste of the Bay, the layout editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, and the sports editor (watch out Britt McHenry!) at a community newspaper in Anne Arundel County.

“I am thrilled to have Amy join the growing Capitol File team,” said Elizabeth Thorp, editor in chief, in an email. “Her lifestyle and luxury magazine experience, her technical editing skills, and keen eye for trend pieces makes Amy a great fit for Cap File.”
Congrats Amy!
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WJLA’s Natasha Barrett Leaving for Hometown ABC Affiliate

barrettWJLA’s Natasha Barrett will soon become the weekend anchor and consumer reporter at the ABC affiliate in her home town of Houston. Currently, Barrett contributes live reports to ABC 7 News at 5 and 6 pm and hosts the daily talk show, “Let’s Talk Live,” at 11 am on NewsChannel 8.

According to a memo sent out by ABC7′s General Manager Bill Lord, “Natasha has done a little bit of everything for us at WJLA and it all added up to a whole bunch of something good. Reporting, anchoring, hosting, consumer reporting, cooking segments, alpaca wrangling and much, much more. Did I mention how proud she was of her on-air alcohol consumption on Let’s Talk Live? Does anyone supervise that show? All that plus the smiling face and upbeat personality that charmed us all. Natasha has been a great friend to everyone here and we will all miss her. Please join me in wishing her a bon voyage. Her last day here will be March 28th.”

Lord confirmed that the outlet won’t fill her role per se but does have a new hire in mind. We’ll make sure to update when we learn the news.

In the meantime, congratulations to Natasha on her new gig!

David Frum Named Senior Editor at The Atlantic

Veteran political commentator and author David Frum is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor beginning March 31, editor-in-chief James Bennet announced yesterday. In his new role, Frum will write for the website and magazine and participate in Atlantic events.

Frum is the author of eight books, two of which are New York Times bestsellers. He most recently authored the e-book “Why Romney Lost” (published within 48 hours of the 2012 election), and Patriots, a political satire.

Frum has worked for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, Forbes magazine, Manhattan Institute and American Enterprise Institute. In the 1990s, he was a regular contributor to the Weekly Standard and from 2003 and 2008, he wrote a daily blog for National Review. Between 2009 and 2012, he edited a group blog, FrumForum.com, dedicated to the reform and renewal of political conservatism, which was hosted by the Daily Beast/Newsweek from January 2012 until May 2013.

POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley and CNN’s Dana Bash Named ELLE’s Most Powerful in DC

ellePOLITICO Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley and CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash were just named to ELLE’s 10 Most Powerful Women in DC list. Also named were Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; fmr. Deputy White House Counsel Cheryl Mills; Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME); Ilyse Hogue, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; DC Chief of Police Cathy Lanier; and Capricia Marshall, Ambassador-in-Residence of the Atlantic Council. In the April issue and online now, these 10 power players “offer an inspiring look at what hard work, determination, and passion can still accomplish.”

“Always be direct; remember an idea is just an idea unless it’s implemented correctly; and never settle for pretty good—demand great,” said Kingsley, who spearheaded the launch of POLITICO’s Women Rule series (with Google and the Tory Burch Foundation) to recognize women leading change in politics, policy, and their communities.

“Early on,” she continued. “The men would have impromptu meetings behind closed doors to talk about the future of [Politico]. I always looked at those rooms and wanted a seat at the table. After a while, I just started opening the door, walking in, and sitting at the table.”

Bash, who’s been with CNN for 20 years, recalled her first taste of power, “When I was still a producer, after 9/11, I got a tip that the NSA had an al-Qaeda intercept on September 10 that said, ‘Tomorrow is zero hour,’ and they didn’t translate it [in time]. I put it on the air as breaking news and the White House went bananas—Dick Cheney in particular.”

Check out the piece (and Kim’s great shoes!) on news stands March 25.

WJLA’s Britt McHenry to ESPN

Stop the presses, Britt McHenry is headed to ESPN. But don’t worry, she’s not leaving DC.

The WJLA Sports Reporter announced on Facebook as did the ESPN MediaZone that starting St. Patrick’s Day she’s switching to ESPN.

Washington has been completely abuzz about McHenry’s next steps for months, after hints of a career move started whirling (example 1 & 2) on her Facebook.

Thank God we finally know. We’ve not been sleeping since the rumors started. Good night, and good luck, Britt!

STATS: Her Facebook post garnered more than 700 likes and 135 comments.

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The Hammer, Tom DeLay, to Write and Talk for TWT

Tom DeLay, the powerful former Majority Leader and reality TV star, will contribute a weekly column to The Washington Times and also serve as an on-air personality for TWT‘s new radio venture. From the press release announcing the hire:

Starting this week, DeLay will appear on a weekly on-demand radio show with Andy Parks, who separately hosts “Live from The Washington Times” on WRC 1260 AM on weekdays. DeLay’s 30-minute program will be streamed on the Kaliki-based, on-demand radio network that was recently established in partnership with the Times.

DeLay will elaborate the themes he develops on air into a weekly column.

DeLay, of course, was the all-powerful majority leader of the Republican caucus in the House during the Bush years, before resigning his leadership position after being indicted in a campaign finance scandal. He was convicted on charges of violating election laws, but was later acquitted due to insufficient evidence.

With a Flair for Drama, Politico Mag Profiles ‘Joe Biden in Winter’

Glenn Thrush scored an interview with Joe Biden for the latest issue of Politico Mag. In it, Biden talks about his plans for increasing border security along the Wall and stemming the tide of illegal immigration from Wildling settlements in the North.

Atlantic Media CEO Surprised By Atlantic Prez’ Jump to Time Inc.

In a memo to staff today, Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley said he was surprised that The Atlantic‘s President Scott Havens decided to take the Senior VP of Digital gig at Time Inc.

“Somewhat to my surprise, and I think to his, Scott Havens has decided to return to New York to accept a (huge) appointment with the new Time Inc. – the (soon-to-be) Time-Warner spin-off of its great and iconic magazine brands,” Bradley wrote.

Havens has been been with Atlantic Media since 2009 and President of The Atlantic since 2012. He will stay on at The Atlantic until the end of March.

Read the whole memo after the jump…

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NJ Is Totally Psyched to Get Richard Just

As we reported earlier today, Richard Just has just been brought on as editor of National Journal’s magazine. And if this internal memo from Editor in Chief Tim Grieve is any indication, NJ feels they’ve scored quite a coup. Grieve is clearly stoked to bring Just on board, and though he acknowledges that Just and Deputy Editor Andie Coller have a lot of work to do to “reinvent” the mag, he also promises that “they’re going to have all the resources to do it right.”

From the memo:

This is major. Richard is one of the best magazine editors in the country. He was the editor of Newsweek.  Before that, he was the editor of The New Republic. He comes to us with the strongest possible endorsements from some of the nation’s most accomplished magazine writers. And he comes to us brimming with ideas for making National Journal the most vibrant, most compelling, most essential policy-and-politics magazine anywhere.

Someone’s ears must be burning! Read the whole memo after the jump…

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Robin Wright: Claire Not Based on Hillary

In an interview with Capitol File, Robin Wright says that her character in House of Cards, Claire Underwood, is not based on Hillary Clinton.

“People were suggesting to base the character on Hillary Clinton or other strong women personas,” she told the mag. “And I didn’t want to do that.”

Instead, she says, to get into character, she took Executive Producer David Fincher’s notes to “be still.”

“David would come over to me and say, ‘Don’t move. Don’t move. Claire is a bust.’ Now when I have the Claire clothes, the Claire hair, and say the Claire words, it just clicks. I’m completely and totally still”

The actress also said in the interview that she and co-star Kevin Spacey “giggle a lot” on set, and that she had never been on a date before until she met her fiance Ben Foster.

The newest issue of Capitol File, which includes the full interview with Wright, comes out February 24th.

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