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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.

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WJLA’s Britt McHenry Is Such A Tease!

Here in the Fishbowl, we’ve been hearing for a while now that WJLA sports reporter Britt McHenry is planning a career move. Thing is, we’re mostly hearing it from her.

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In late January, we did report that someone other than McHenry said she was in talks with ESPN to be a reporter and wanted out of her WJLA contract early to take the gig.

More than a month after her January 10 tease, McHenry is still at it on her social media, declaring an upcoming final travel trip with ABC7 and ending the post with “then… You’ll see :)

Our guess, she’s soon to be named ESPN’s first Emoji Correspondent. Make sure to let us know when it’s official, Britt. :)

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New Reliable Source Team Unveiled!

Hooray! WaPo has officially introduced Emily Heil and Helena Andrews as the new team behind the Reliable Source gossip column and blog. FishbowlDC has been anxiously awaiting this moment ever since last November, when we first learned of Emily’s new gig at one of Janet Donovan‘s fancy dinner parties. News of Helena’s selection followed shortly thereafter. Check out the video below to hear from the dynamic duo themselves -and join us in sending them a big FishbowlDC congratulations!

Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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WaPo’s Heil At Helm of Gossip Beat

EmilyH007_052910It’s a natural fit.

Before going to work for WaPo on Al Kamen‘s “In the Loop” column, Emily Heil worked at Roll Call where she covered features as well as wrote HOH, the publication’s Capitol Hill gossip column. Before that, she covered the gossip beat for The Hill with a column that no longer exists called “Under the Dome.” 

And now that Amy Argetsinger is pregnant and moving on to a more family friendly beat, Heil is sliding into gossip once again as she replaces Argetsinger at “Reliable Sources.”

Rest assured, with Heil soon at the helm, things are bound to improve. It’s WaPo — so they won’t let her take that many risks — but up is the only direction things can go.

See the internal memo sent around by WaPo‘s Jen Crandell. Read more

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

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That C-SPAN Executive Producer Peter Slen is back on the air Friday morning hosting “Washington Journal” but expect a lot of make-up to hide the 70 stitches on his forehead and broken nose from last week’s fall.

In case you forgot what happened to him, read here.

Hope you’re feeling better, Peter.

Shhh…Nikki Schwab to U.S. News & World Report’s Whispers Column

Gossip isn’t entirely dead in Washington. It’s just moving around.

Nikki Schwab is jumping off the good ship Red Alert Politics to assume the byline on the “Washington Whispers” column at U.S. News & Word Report. She will be an Associate Editor. The Washington Examiner, where Schwab formerly wrote “Yeas & Nays” gossip column, and Red Alert Politics are owned by the same parent company, MediaDC. “Washington Whispers” was the longtime column of Paul Bedard, before he moved over to the Washington Examiner where he writes the “Secrets” column.

Apparently Schwab is the third former U.S. News staffer to return to the “Mother Ship” in the past few months. “Washington Whispers” has appeared in the pub since 1933, as they put it, “offering a fun take at the scene inside Washington.”

See the memo.

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A Little Birdy Tells Us…

WJLA will lose their Politico neighbors in Rosslyn as the sale of the TV station becomes complete. Politico is on the prowl for a new workspace. This is nothing anyone has to get antsy about now. The move will likely transpire at the end of the year or early next. The real desire, among most Politico reporters, a source tells us, is that they get the hell out of Rosslyn and move downtown D.C. or elsewhere in the District.

“It was a hilarious transition to watch the two worlds of Politico and ABC7/NC8 merge,” WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper told FishbowlDC. “I was on maternity leave and one of my best friend photographers called me. He said ‘These new people always are in such a hurry! There’s a guy who rushes through the newsroom every day looking like he really has to go to the bathroom.’”

Guess who it was…

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Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

In what falls into the this is not even gossip category, The Hill’s Judy Kurtz—editor of The Hill’s so-called gossip blog (gossip, we thought, was a keyword)—brought us a most absurd story yesterday about President Obama‘s workout routine that reeks so much of a publicist’s pitch that it might’ve been more interesting had the publicist been allowed to write it.

The story is all about what Extra host and “Saved By the Bell” alum Mario Lopez says about the President’s workouts. Lopez is qualified to comment on this and it merits a story because he a) spoke directly to the President once b) has a well-known 12-pack and c) has his own line of underwear.

For those wondering about the big question here—namely, when such a busy guy like the President finds time to work out—the astounding answer, according to Lopez, is in the morning. And also, whenever else he can. A few questions: 1. Does anyone give a sh*t? 2. See question #1. 3. See question #2.

The best part of the whole piece, though, is that Kurtz runs out of creative ways to refer to Obama somewhere around her very first reference. She starts out with “commander-in-chief,” but by the  final graph she’s calling him “the White House resident.” No, really.

Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

D.C. gossip is so hurting that WaPo’s Reliable Source has just completely given up and moved on to the entertainment industry.  On Wednesday afternoon, they brought us an item on a Kanye West story that appeared two days ago in the NYT about how he doesn’t regret being himself.

They do, after a laundry list… Read more

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