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Newseum to Display Pharrell Williams’ Mountain Hat Through October 26

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 10.54.47A new piece of history is slated to arrive and be on display as of this Friday, August 22, at the Newseum – Pharrell Williams’ Mountain hat.

The most appropriate of times for a h/t, The Washington Post reports that the Vivienne Westwood hat he donned at the 2014 Grammy Awards was purchased by Arby’s from Williams for $44,100 – then donated to charity – and will be on display in the news museum through October 26 of this year. Drawing similarities to its logo, Arby’s tweeted to the “Happy” artist after its appearance at the Grammys, “Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?” Read more

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New Uber SVP David Plouffe and Uber CEO Join Bloomberg TV’s ‘Street Smart’

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 18.31.15Shortly after today’s announcement that David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, would join Uber next month as SVP of policy and strategy, Plouffe and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were guests on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

Bloomberg’s Trish Regan opened by asking Kalanick about his hiring of Plouffe, a recent Bloomberg Television contributor, and what he’ll be doing in his role, and Plouffe, how he’ll leverage national campaign management experience on a global scale.

The anchor then transitioned the focus to accusations from competitor Lyft that Uber ordered and canceled nearly 5,000 rides and that drivers have been upset with ‘changing discount rates.’

Watch the clip, after the jump.

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Uber Lands Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, was today named SVP of policy and strategy for Uber.

In an interview with POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick referred to Plouffe’s new role as Uber’s “campaign manager,” likening ‘big taxi cartel’ as ‘the incumbent’ and Uber as ‘the challenger.’

“City Councils are voting on Uber all the time, and we have state legislatures voting on us, on the regular,” Kalanick told Allen. “And there are even some referendums.” Read more

Paul Steinhauser Set to Depart CNN for NH1

profilepictureCNN DC bureau chief Sam Feist today sent a note to bureau staff announcing that CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser will soon join NH1 as political director and anchor.

Steinhauser has been with CNN for 28 years in a plethora of roles, including assignment editor, producer, and show EP.

See Feist’s note to staff after the jump. Read more

Trish Turner Named Washington Senior Producer of ‘CBS This Morning’

Trish TurnerFormer Capitol Hill producer for the FOX News Channel and CNN Trish Turner has been named Washington senior producer of “CBS This Morning.” Turner will fill the role previously held by Jill Jackson, who yesterday, we wrote, is set to join “Face the Nation” as senior producer.

Earlier in her career, Turner was with CNN as a Capitol Hill producer, before joining FOX as a White House producer and senior Capitol Hill producer. In 2012, Turner relocated to New York to manage political coverage of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

In an email to staff yesterday, “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht said, “Trish has extensive experience managing editorial direction, covering campaigns, editing scripts, field producing big events and leading a team—all skills vital to the senior producer role in Washington. As many in our DC bureau who’ve battled against her in the field can attest—it is good to have her WITH us and not AGAINST us.”

Jill Jackson Named Senior Producer of ‘Face the Nation’

Jill JacksonCBS News today announced that Jill Jackson, who’s been with the bureau since 2007, is set to join ”Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer“ as a senior producer.

Jackson served as a Capitol Hill producer in CBS’s Washington bureau before joining “CBS This Morning” in 2013. During the 2010 midterm elections, Jackson shifted to the role of senior political producer, and at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2012, she produced for Norah O’Donnell‘s coverage.

“Jill is a rising star in the bureau and we couldn’t be happier to have her,” said Schieffer. “There’s no better way to learn Washington than to spend your days chasing down the newsmakers on Capitol Hill and Jill’s years there will serve her well as she takes on her new responsibilities. She knows the players and she knows news. You can’t ask for more than that and we’re lucky to have her on the team.”

Hunter Biden and Cava Mezze Chef Launch Campaign to Provide School Meals to Children

20140806_173801Hunter Biden, World Food Program USA Board chairman and son of VP Joe Biden, teamed up with Cava Mezze executive chef and co-founder Dimitri Moshovitis Wednesday night to kick off their campaign to provide school meals to children throughout the world. Richard Leach, president and CEO of WFP USA, was also in attendance.

As part of a presentation, Biden and his daughters Maisy and Finnegan joined Moshovitis for a healthy, quick, and affordable cooking demonstration.

Sept. 1 – 16, Cava Mezze will give 25 cents – the cost for WFP to provide a child a nutritious meal – of every meal to WFP’s school meals program. WFP provides school meals to 24 million children each year.

Sen. Harkin’s Comms Director Kate Cyrul Frischmann Joins Microsoft in PR Capacity

Kate Cyrul FrischmannA former Capitol Hill regular is trading in the halls of Congress for Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center.

Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-IA) communications director Kate Cyrul Frischmann joined Microsoft’s DC office this week as senior public relations manager. In this role, she’ll tell the story of Microsoft to government officials and those in the public policy realm.

Prior to joining Sen. Harkin’s staff five years ago, Frischmann led comms for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

ABC’s Tom Johnson and ‘Daily Show’s’ Pat King Join Bloomberg

Bloomberg senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel announced to staff today in a memo that Tom Johnson will soon join Bloomberg’s politics vertical as executive editor and that Pat King has recently as a senior producer.

Johnson joins Bloomberg from ABC News, where he served as a senior broadcast producer for “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.” King comes from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” where he was a segment producer.

TVNewser reports that “Johnson and King will serve as executive producer and senior producer, respectively, for the daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann slated to launch in October.”

Read the full memo, after the jump.

All,

Happy news about Bloomberg Politics. Tom Johnson is joining us as executive editor, and Pat King has joined us senior producer.

Tom has a mere twenty years experience at ABC News, where he was most recently senior broadcast producer at ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. In addition to imbuing the show with great story judgment, Tom led WN’s international coverage and digital strategy. During his tenure, ABC World News piled up awards and accolades, which is all very nice. More important is that Tom brings a spectacular mix of talent and temperament—his colleagues at ABC note that he’s usually the smartest guy in the room, and rarely feels the need to remind anyone of it.

Pat King comes to Bloomberg after a nine-year stint at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was most recently a segment producer. So to answer your question, yes, Pat is funny. However he’s not here to make the show funny. (Obviously that’s my job.) Pat’s a passionate observer of national politics with a tremendous instinct for research. He finds clips that lead to stories, and then he tells those stories expertly.

Tom starts ASAP. Pat recently completed orientation and is already hard at work. Both are based in New York.

I think you’re going to love working with them.

Josh

PBS NewsHour Names ABC’s Sara Just Executive Producer

Sara JustPBS NewsHour today announced that 25+ year ABC News-er Sara Just has been tapped to serve as the program’s executive producer and SVP of NewsHour Productions LLC. Just is currently Washington deputy bureau chief at ABC News and senior Washington producer for “Good Morning America.”

“I look forward to leading the PBS NewsHour, a cherished and trusted brand for journalism,” said Just in a NewsHour announcement. “I am honored to play a role in its journalistic legacy and bring that to the next generation as well…There is an ever-growing audience hungry for thoughtful, in-depth reporting and PBS NewsHour will continue to be an essential guide for understanding our complex world. We will create vital, engaging content for all audiences — on any platform or device.”

Just succeeds Linda Winslow, who’s retiring from the program after serving as its executive producer for more than nine years.

For more, click on over to The New York Times.

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