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Hey Isn’t That…Chris Wallace in Womens Wear Daily??

BUMP_300DPI_wallacepromoHey, isn’t that “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace in the latest issue of Women’s Wear Daily?

The FOX News host recently spoke with Alexandra Steigrad on his career in journalism and where the industry is headed and the upcoming midterm elections.

On how journalism has changed in the past 50 years, Wallace offered:

It’s completely different because the platforms are different. When I started out as a 16-year-old high school senior, it was a very hierarchical system. There were three networks, a half dozen major newspapers, and that was about it. There was a very small universe at the top of the pyramid. Now, it’s much more diffuse. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. A thousand flowers bloom — and the idea that there are more avenues to get out information and more platforms for reporters to give information and more competing views out there, on the one hand, it allows you to have access to a lot more perspectives. The flip side is it puts the burden on the news consumer to be more informed and to be able to distinguish between a legitimate news source with a serious news process as opposed to a blog where there is some guy in his pajamas in his mother’s basement.

For the full Q&A, click here. Wallace also recently offered three career lessons to And ICYMI – check out our behind the scenes of “FOX News Sunday” with Chris Wallace from last month.

Barbara Starr to Receive Jefferson-Lincoln Award from Panetta Institute

starr.barbaraCNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr will receive a Jefferson-Lincoln Award for her reporting from the Panetta Institute in early November. The ceremony, “An Evening to Honor Lives of Public Service,” will take place November 8 at The Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach.

Also to receive the award: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).

The institute writes of Starr in its announcement of the awards:

Americans and the rest of the world have had the benefit of Barbara Starr’s exemplary journalism as Pentagon correspondent for CNN. Ms. Starr has been embedded with United States troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. She has also reported directly from Russia, the Persian Gulf, Central America and the Chinese-North Korean border. Her respected journalistic career has been marked by an independence of judgment, depth of investigative reporting, and spoken and written eloquence as she covers our nation’s men and women in uniform.

For more, click here.

Katie Taplett to Join Defense News

taplettpicDefense News has named Katie Taplett its new VP and GM.

Taplett most recently served as associate publisher of Defense One. Prior to that she was publisher of Defense, Space and Security for Aviation Week and US advertising sales director for Jane’s Information Group.

Defense News is a division of Gannett Government Media.

Hey Isn’t That…CNN’s Peter Hamby in Richmond Magazine??

hamby-pr-smallHey isn’t that CNN’s national political reporter Peter Hamby in the November issue of Richmond Magazine? 

The Richmond native was recently profiled by Kate Andrews in the Virginia magazine, covering his nearly ten years with CNN. The feature explores Hamby’s time on several different campaign trails leading up to the September launch of “Hambycast,” with insight from CNN’s Washington bureau chief Sam FeistThe New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Hamby’s father, Bill Hamby.

Andrews writes:

“Despite his activity on Twitter and other electronic channels, Hamby wants to be out of the office and on the road, meeting people face to face, an old-school approach to journalism. On average, he’s outside of D.C. two or three days a week.”

“Even though Hamby is based out of CNN’s Washington bureau, a sleek, open-plan office with at least four or five TV and computer screens per person, his two-minute-long Hambycasts are filmed in other states: Iowa and South Carolina, so far, with New Hampshire, North Carolina and other states on the horizon. They draw on his familiarity with the campaign trail, as well as a humorous approach to the circus surrounding candidates or near-candidates like Hillary Clinton and Rick Perry.”

For the full profile, click here.

POLITICO Pro Launches Labor & Employment Vertical

PoliticoProPOLITICO Pro today launched its 14th topical vertical, Labor & Employment.

In September, POLITICO Pro editor Marty Kady announced that Timothy Noah would serve as editor of the new vertical, to be joined by Law360′s Brian Mahoney. Later that month, Kady also named In These Times’ Mike Elk a Pro labor reporter. Noah, Mahoney, and Elk join Marianne LeVine, who was hired earlier this month from the Los Angeles Times, in the vertical’s coverage.

POLITICO’s David Rogers to Receive David Nyhan Prize


POLITICO CEO Jim VandeHei emailed staff today to announce that the Rosslyn-based news outlet’s senior Congressional reporter David Rogers is the recipient of Harvard Kennedy School’s David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism. Rogers will receive the award Dec. 1 at the Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

The award is named in memory of David Nyhan, who served as a columnist and reporter for the Boston Globe for 30 years. Nyhan was a graduate of Harvard College and a Shorenstein fellow and died unexpectedly in 2005.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” Skips Midterm Election Coverage

evening-news_2014The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, recently came out with the findings of a study it completed on midterm coverage during ABC, CBS, and NBC’s evening news programs. MRC counted the full and partial campaign reports from September 1 – October 20, 2014 across networks and compared those numbers to the same date range in 2006.

While during the 2006 Midterm Elections, ABC’s “World News Tonight” aired a combined 36 full and partial campaign stories. During the time observed this year, that number was zero. CBS’s “Evening News” and NBC’s “Nightly News” aired 58 and 65 reports, respectively, in 2006, whereas in 2014, those numbers dip to 14 and 11, respectively.

FishbowlDC’s question to ABC News of whether the midterms would make “World News Tonight” coverage in the less than two weeks leading up to Nov. 4 has yet to be answered.

Getting ‘In the Know’ with NBC News’ Chris Jansing

CJansing_027Chris Jansing, who in May was named senior White House correspondent for NBC News, was recently profiled by The Hill’s Judy Kurtz on her new life six months in.

Jansing, who moved from New York to DC for her new network beat, shared with Kurtz how she spends her time becoming familiar with Washington and how the 57-year-old ended up where she is today.

The Fairport Harbor, Ohio-native went to Otterbein College outside Columbus, Ohio and grew up the youngest of 12. Jansing recalled wanting to be “a grown-up” when she thought about her future as a child. “I’m the youngest of 12 children and I wanted to do everything they did, from driving a car to playing football.”

For more, click on over to the latest for The Hill’s “In the Know” column.

Ben Bradlee, Remembered on Twitter

Tweets on the passing of Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 93 of natural causes at his home in Washington.

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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93

woo1-004Former editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee died today of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington. Bradley served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 – 91, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.

His wife and Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn discussed her husband’s declining health due to Alzheimer’s and dementia last month during an interview with C-SPAN. Just prior, he began hospice treatment.

The White House Tuesday night issued a statement from President Barack Obama on Bradlee’s passing: Read more