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Archives: May 2007

“Shhhh — Ed Henry is thinking!”

…so says Julie Mason at Beltway Confidential. Check out other pictures from Bush’s recent press conference here.


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Montanaro Joins First Read

Domenico Montanaro is NBC First Read’s new Political Unit researcher. He comes to them from CBS, where he worked on “48 Hours” and as a researcher with the network’s 2006 election coverage. He succeeds Huma Zaidi, who is now an associate producer with “Weekend Today.”

Cartoon Of The Day

Today’s cartoon comes to us from Larry Wright via Cagle Cartoons.


AWRT Honors Stamberg

From NPR’s release:

    The American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) has selected NPR News Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg for a 2007 Gracie Tribute Award for her distinguished career and leadership in broadcast journalism.

    An NPR pioneer and nationally renowned broadcast journalist, Ms. Stamberg has worked for the network since 1971 and holds the distinction of the first woman to anchor a nightly news broadcast with NPR News’ award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, for which she served as co-host for 14 years. Currently, Ms. Stamberg can be heard on NPR News’ most listened-to program Morning Edition and Weekend Edition Saturday as a special correspondent and guest host, and as a reporter on cultural issues for all the NPR programs. Her thousands of interviews for NPR include conversations with First Lady Laura Bush, Billy Crystal, Rosa Parks, Dave Brubeck, and Luciano Pavarotti, among others. In comments about the decision to honor Ms. Stamberg, the AWRT trustees noted, “This Tribute Award is bestowed on an individual who played a large role in laying the foundation of future generations of women in electronic media. You share the same pioneering spirit that embodies Gracie Allen and the Tribute Award.”

    A member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame, Stamberg has also been recognized with Armstrong and duPont Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Ohio State University’s Golden Anniversary Director’s Award, the Distinguished Broadcaster Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. An author of two books and co-editor of a third, Stamberg chronicled her NPR experiences and reporting in Every Night at Five: Susan Stamberg’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED Book and TALK: NPR’s Susan Stamberg Considers All Things and co-edited The Wedding Cake in the Middle of the Road.

    Stamberg is a native of New York City and earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, and has been awarded numerous honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College. She is a Fellow of Silliman College, Yale University, and has served on the boards of the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award Foundation and the National Arts Journalism Program based at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

    NPR senior correspondent, Linda Wertheimer, will present Ms. Stamberg with the Tribute Award at the Gracies Gala. The 32nd Annual Gracie Awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 18 in New York City. The event benefits the Foundation for American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), a charitable non-profit supporting educational programs, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, mass media and allied field.

“How The Libby Trial Hurt The Press”

Norman Pearlstine examines that very notion in Time magazine.

(Hat Tip: Romenesko)

Amy Walter Says Goodbye to Cook Political Report

Were you at the party at Le Paradou last night? If so, you may have seen Harrison Hickman, Anna Bennett, Dave Petts, Whit Ayres, Carin Pratt, Charlie Cook, Dottie Lynch, Chuck Todd, Elizabeth Wilner, Mike McElwain, Jonathan Poe, John Lapp, Karin Johansen, Ron Brownstein, Al Hunt and Stu Rothenberg. Walter, you’ll recall, is heading to the Hotline. At the party, they handed out a “Farewell to Amy” drink menu, which you can download here.


Poll of the Day, 05.31.07

Federal Computer Week Changes

Two new reporters started recently at Federal Computer Week.

Sebastian Sprenger is covering the Defense Department for FCW. Previously, he was managing editor of Inside Washington Publisher’s Inside the Pentagon newsletter.

Ben Bain just joined FCW this week. Bain comes from CNN International, where he was an associate editorial producer. Bain is covering how government agencies use data and a handful of agencies. The beat covers everything form search to Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and wikis and how government agencies may use them.

Newton-Small To Time

FishbowlDC Has learned that Jay Newton-Small is leaving Bloomberg and joining Time magazine.

Diaz Becomes Star Tribune’s DC Bureau Chief

From here:

    After nearly three months without a full-time reporter covering Washington, D.C., the Star Tribune has made a hire — and its newest reporter won’t need long to get up to speed: Kevin Diaz, who left the paper to stay with McClatchy following the March sale of the Star Tribune, has accepted the position of chief correspondent. In a Wednesday afternoon email to staff, editor Nancy Barnes announced the news, as well as the hiring of a new D.C.-based intern, Jake Sherman.

    Diaz, who was unavailable for comment Wednesday night, told Minnesota Monitor in mid-March that he “didn’t relish” leaving the Star Tribune to cover D.C. politics for papers in Idaho and Alaska, citing exciting times for Minnesota’s congressional delegation, which includes America’s first Muslim representative (Keith Ellison), Minnesota’s first female senator (Amy Klobuchar), and a new chair of the House Transportation Committee (Rep. Jim Oberstar). He said he had “no choice” but to leave the paper.

    “The alternative was to give back every performance pay raise I’ve received since I came to Washington in 2000,” he said. The pay range for his new job was advertised at $60,000 to $75,000.