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Former Facebook DC-er Andrew Noyes joins Adam Conner at Brigade

image-3Well known throughout Washington circles, former Facebook-er Andrew Noyes joined Napster co-founder Sean Parker‘s new startup Brigade as VP of Communications earlier this month. Brigade works to make civic engagement easy, effective, and enjoyable, with the hopes that in so doing, political power can be restored back to the people. It recently acquired a controlling stake in Philotic, the company that owns Causes, and thus political advocacy startup Votizen, which Philotic acquired in early 2013.

Noyes, most recently with Uber, was Facebook’s third DC employee, alongside Adam Conner, Brigade’s VP of Politics and Facebook’s first DC employee. Facebook’s first DC office on Connecticut Avenue shared a loft with Matt Mahan, Brigade’s CEO, and James Windon, Brigade’s President, who were Causes executives at the time.

Noyes will remain in San Francisco where Brigade is based and he relocated in 2012. Conner is based in DC.

A prime example of the power of connections in Washington.

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The New Republic Promotes 2, Adds 1

ec814ca8-b81a-4d06-ab3c-e9cc84564510.imgThe New Republic this afternoon announced two promotions and a new hire, none related to yesterday’s news that editorial director Michael Schaffer is headed to Washingtonian as its fourth editor. Amanda Silverman and Linda Kinstler have been promoted to deputy editor and managing editor, respectively, and Rebecca Leber will join TNR as a staff writer.

Silverman will oversee production of the print magazine, NewRepublic.com, and the centennial issue. Kinstler has been promoted from reporter/researcher to managing editor, the role most recently filled by Silverman.

Leber will work with senior editor Jonathan Cohn on a new domestic politics and policy vertical expected this summer. Previously, she wrote about politics and climate change at ThinkProgress.

 

FishbowlDC Poll: Has Sen. Marco Rubio Ever Smoked Pot?

As part of ABC News and Yahoo News’ series “Power Players,” Jonathan Karl for ABC’s “This Week” sat down with potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and asked the Congressman whether he has ever smoked pot.

“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it’s not a big deal,’” said Rubio in the below video. “On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn’t, they won’t believe you.”

Check out Rubio’s conversation with Karl after the jump and let us know what you think. Do you think Sen. Marco Rubio has ever smoked pot? We’ll announce the results of our poll later this week.

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Krystle Kopacz Named COO of National Journal Group

National Journal Group CEO Tim Hartman announced the promotion of Krystle Kopacz to Chief Operating Officer in an internal memo to staff Tuesday afternoon. Kopacz will work with National Journal Group and Government Executive Media Group leadership to set strategy, develop new products, and integrate digital tools.

Kopacz most recently led the brand development and launch of Defense One, which yesterday announced the hire of Molly O’Toole. Kopacz joined Atlantic Media in 2010 to lead Government Executive Media Group’s digital business.

Read the full memo after the jump. Read more

Center for Public Integrity Names Top Editor and Deputy Executive Editor

Gordon 9434_webExecutive Director of the Center for Public Integrity William E. Buzenberg announced today that Gordon Witkin has been named the org’s top editor and John Dunbar its deputy executive editor.

Witkin most recently served as CPI’s acting editor and before that was with U.S. News & World Report. Dunbar was with American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop and a reporter for the Associated Press based in DC.

Read more on the announcement here.

NatGeo Gets New Editor in Chief, Chief Content Officer

The National Geographic Society announced yesterday the promotion of Executive Editor of News and Features Susan Goldberg, to Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine and News. She will replace Chris Johns, who takes on the newly defined role of Chief Content Officer.

The reorg comes as part of a general realignment at NatGeo being spearheaded by CEO and President Gary Knell. Moving forward, the 126-year-old Society is focusing on more clearly defining and supporting its primary components: exploration and science; media; and education.

“Our efforts need to be organized around our purpose, not our platforms,” said Knell. “We are a nonprofit with the mission to inspire people to care about the planet. We do this through storytelling, research and exploration, and education. Aligning our media teams so that they share a common vision and can bring their expertise to bear across the organization will enable us to seamlessly tell stories to, and share experiences with, our global audiences wherever they want to find us.”

Bloomberg News Announces Promotions in DC Bureau

Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler and Senior Executive Editor Laurie Hays announced this week a series of promotions to lead its Washington bureau.

Winnie O’Kelley was named executive editor for all U.S. government, legal and regulatory stories, Craig Gordon will be managing editor for Washington news and Jonathan Allen was named Washington bureau chief. In addition, Michael Shepard and Nicholas Johnston were named new deputy managing editors, and will work together with current Deputy Managing Editor Jeanne Cummings to run the coverage.

Allen and Gordon both came to Bloomberg from Politico -Allen was Washington Bureau Chief and Gordon was Managing Editor, while O’Kelley joined Bloomberg from NYT last year.

Lara Spencer to Co-Host GMA

Hot off the presses! Newly minted ABC News President James Goldston sent a memo to staff minutes ago with a big announcement:

A key member of our on-air team, Lara Spencer, rejoined ABC three years ago – bringing her style, humor, sunny confidence,  wonderful journalism and storytelling to GMA. Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George. 

Read the whole memo after the jump…

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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

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.

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