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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

FP’s Ex-Hounshell to Politico?

FP‘s ex-Managing Editor Blake Hounshell, who announced that he was leaving the magazine Friday after six and a half years, was spotted across the river at Politico that very same day.

We’re not PI’s, but rumors are swirling that he could secure a job at Politico and follow in the footsteps of Susan Glasser, who also recently resigned from FP as Editor-in-Chief.

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

That Politico‘s Maggie Haberman was in Washington Tuesday and sitting at — hope you’re sitting down for this — Jonathan Martin‘s old desk. Wait a second… is the New York City-based scribe who has the exact same title that JMart had going to officially fill his shoes? If you missed the pictures of Messy Martin’s war-torn workspace yesterday, see here. Thankfully for Haberman, who doesn’t seem like she’d tolerate a lot of clutter or ever get ambushed by the team on “Hoarders,” the desk was clean.

“I wondered whose polka dot bag that was. Let the rumors and gossip begin!” a colleague remarked.

Not to go all woo woo here… Read more

Goodbye Examiner’s Yeas & Nays

The long goodbye is over. Come next week, one of Washington’s “gossip” columns, “Yeas & Nays,” will be no more. The Sound of Music soundtrack — a song sung by the Von Trap children — comes to mind. We’ve had a little bit to say about Yeas & Nays in the last few years — good, bad and everything in between. We’re sure (wink wink) that WaPo‘s “The Unreliable Source” can absorb anything that might get lost in the void.

We wish the writers the best in their transitions to new jobs. In the meantime, Washington Examiner wants to offer you something new — a Politics Today newsletter.

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