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Francesca Chambers Celebrates Move from Red Alert to Daily Mail

imageFrancesca Chambers threw a “good bye Red Alert, hello Daily Mail” party Friday night at Bar Code in downtown DC. Chambers had been at Red Alert for two years as editor in chief. She moves to the UK’s Daily Mail as White House correspondent and deputy bureau chief today.

In attendance: Townhall’s Kevin Glass, WaPo‘s Robert Costa, US News’ Nikki Schwab, FCC’s Neil Grace, Andrew Clark of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Franklin Center’s Michael Moroney.

h/t Neil Grace

Photo: Grace, Chambers, Schwab, Moroney

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InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle Starting New Venture

sophieWord on the street is that Sophie Pyle is leaving her journalism career. Pyle, who launched Guest of a Guest DC from nothing to a popular event coverage site in the District, joined InTheCapital seven months ago, and is now moving on to social media.

InTheCapital is a new-media company with a “community-driven platform for editorial content and discussion with a funny/satirical, smart, empowering tone” whose parent company – Streetwise Media – also operates ChicagoInno and BostInno.

According to her recently updated Twitter bio, she is managing social media programs for several boutique clients and is launching a wedding social media service called Tweet The Bride, to offer live Tweeting and Instagramming at weddings.

She is the second writer to leave InTheCapital after city news writer Anthony Sodd left two weeks ago. At the time of posting, both Pyle and Sodd are still listed as writers on the site.

NJ Taps Scott Bland to Lead Hotline

blandNational Journal Editor-in-Chief and (now) President Tim Grieve has promoted senior analyst Scott Bland to become editor-in-chief of The Hotline. Grieve made the announcement today, adding that Politico’s Andrea Drusch was being brought on as a senior analyst. Bland had been senior analyst, covering Congressional and gubernatorial races, since 2102 -when he served as editor of House Race Hotline during the elections.

Drusch previously worked as a digital producer for Politico.

Bradley Installs ‘Next Generation of Leadership” at The Atlantic

Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley announced today that James Bennet and Bob Cohn have been named Co-Presidents of The Atlantic.

Bennet will retain his current title of Editor-in-Chief while Cohn will take on the title of COO as well as co-president. He will transition from digital editor to preside over all business operations, including AtlanticLIVE and The Wire.

Bradley also announced that Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf would become Co-President’s of Quartz, Atlantic’s digital business publication. They are and will continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher respectively.

“With these promotions, we are all but complete in installing a next generation of leadership at Atlantic Media,” Bradley said.

Earlier this month, he appointed yet another pair of co-presidents during a round of promotions at National Journal Group. NJ Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve and Publisher Poppy MacDonald added Co-President to their existing titles, while Tim Hartman was promoted to CEO.

Britt McHenry (Finally) Joins ESPN

579764_984225482261_51763335_nNot only is today St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also someone’s first day at ESPN!

We’ve reported the announcement (as well as the rumors) that Britt McHenry, formerly a sports reporter with WJLA, had taken a new gig with ESPN based here in Washington. And now, it’s finally happening. Today is her first day! FBDC caught up with Britt recently to find out what we can expect in her new role as well as what she’ll miss at WJLA.

FishbowlDC - So. Finally the news is public. How hard was it to keep the secret? Assume lots of people (us included) were trying to scoop your move.
Britt McHenry - Obviously, an opportunity like this is very exciting, and I wanted to get the word out and start work as soon as possible. But, there’s a protocol in handling business matters, and I’m happy we were able to do it the right way through the ESPN release (sorry Fishbowl, still love you guys)!

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Top Execs Promoted at Atlantic Media

Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley announced some big changes at the top of their Washington divisions today. The top-of-the-masthead shuffle is partly a response to the imminent departure of Bruce Gottlieb, who is currently serving as President of National Journal and General Council for Atlantic Media. He will be returning to his roots in policy and government affairs.

National Journal Chief Revenue Office Poppy MacDonald has been promoted to Publisher and Co-President of that publication. She will take on some of Gottlieb’s responsibilities, while continuing to lead NJ’s revenue line, as well as business development, marketing, and advertising. She will also oversee National Journal Live, the pub’s events business.

And NJ Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve will share Presidential responsibility with MacDonald, adding Co-President to his title. He will be responsible for editorial strategy and new editorial products for the brand.

National Journal will also be grouped together with fellow Atlantic Media publication Government Executive under the unified leadership of Tim Hartman.

Hartman, current President of Government Executive Media Group (GEMG), has been named CEO of Atlantic Media’s Washington divisions.  He will now add National Journal Group to his portfolio and continue to lead Government Executive as he has for the past two years. The GEMG umbrella also includes online publications Defense One and NextGov.

And finally, Deputy General Counsel Aretae Wyler will succeed Gottlieb as General Counsel of Atlantic Media. She will also continue to serve as Bradley’s chief of staff.

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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WaPo Overnight News Team, Assemble!

The Washington Post announced today that they have assembled an overnight news team to ”enliven, expand and diversify the news offered to readers overnight and into the morning hours.” In other words, these folks are gunna stay up all night so you crazy news junkies have something to read at 4:00 in the morning. Fred Barbash was hired from Reuters in January to lead the team. And while some of the group are already in house, others will be joining in the coming weeks.

Here’s the team:

Lindsey Bever will be on national news. She is a recent Columbia Journalism School graduate, where she earned a Masters in Digital Media. Prior to that, she spent more than three years at the Dallas Morning News.

Terrence McCoy will be on foreign news. He joins the Post from the Miami New Times and was a 2013 finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Soraya Nadia McDonald will be on entertainment, culture and the arts. She is currently an assistant systems editor at the Post, and has also written on pop culture. She previously worked as a sports writer for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, CA.

Gail Sullivan will be on business news. She comes to WaPo from CQ Roll Call, where she covered banking and finance for the Washington Banking Briefing. Before that, she was a crack researcher and fact-checker at CQ Roll Call, and wrote for CQ Weekly Magazine.

The photo editor will be Nick KirkpatrickHe has been a freelancer and contractor for the Post and will now be full time. His other clients have included The Los Angeles Times and Al Jazeera English.

And the graphics editor will be Pam Tobey. She joins the overnight team from the dayside Presentation Desk’s Information Design graphics team at the Post. She began her career at WaPo 29 years ago, and has worked on the print side creating information graphics, illustrations and other visuals.

The overnight team is expected to kick into full gear next month. Congratulations to you all on the new gigs!

TNR Names Jason Zengerle Senior Editor

ec814ca8-b81a-4d06-ab3c-e9cc84564510.imgJust four months after joining the not-so-old Politico Magazine as a senior staff writer, Jason Zengerle will join The New Republic as a senior editor.

In a TNR press release, Editor Franklin Foer says of Zengerle that, “Jason is a master of his craft…His pieces are unfailingly deep and almost always manage to stir conversation.”

Prior to Politico Magazine, Zengerle was a contributing editor at New York magazine and GQ. Zengerle spent the first 12 years of his career with TNR, so to hear of his return isn’t too surprising.

Also announced today is the addition of two new staff writers, Alice Robb and Danny Vinik. Robb, previously a fellow at The New Republic, will write about academia. Vinik, coming from Business Insider, will report on economic policy and politics.

Join us in offering a FishbowlDC congrats to Jason, Alice, and Danny!

6 WaPo Hires and Promotions in 36 Hours

The Washington Post has announced 6 new hires and promotions over the last day and a half. The shuffling of reporting talent comes a little less than a month after Executive Editor Marty Baron announced the paper would be making “impressive investments” in the paper’s online resources and expanding its Sunday magazine. The pace of hiring at the paper, which was already brisk, has increased even more since then.

Here’s a rundown of the newest additions and adjustments to the WaPo family:

Jason Millman is joining Wonkblog from Politico. He has also worked at Thompson Publishing Group and The Hill, and will be covering healthcare.

Emily Badger is also joining Wonkblog. Badger, a former WaPo Sports intern-turned-freelance-writer,  was most recently at The Atlantic Cities blog. She will be covering urban policy.

Monica Hesse,  a writer for the Style section and the author of two young adult books, will become an enterprise reporter at the National desk.

Lenny Bernstein will be launching a new health and wellness blog. He previously wrote a fitness column and worked as an editor on the National, Local and Sports desks.

Colby Itkowitz is joining WaPo to help Al Kamen report and write In the Loop. She was most recently Washington correspondent for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

And Alyssa Rosenberg will be joining the Opinions section as a pop culture blogger. She joins The Post from ThinkProgress.org, where she has been the Features Editor and has her own blog on culture.

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