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American Banker’s Luke Mullins is joining U.S. News & World Report, FishbowlDC has learned.
Matt Lambert, Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s communications director, is now (breathe in…) questioning the Memphis Commercial Appeal article which questioned David Shuster’s apology (which he didn’t want to give) who questioned Rep. Marsha Blackburn…who’s probably questioning how she got into this whole mess in the first place (breathe out).
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From the “Going out Gurus” chat:
Adams Morgan, D.C.: Gurus, I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the Times Magazine article about DC this weekend. While I’m glad to see our town discussed as someplace “buzzing with energy,” I would say that they didn’t really capture what DC is to the people that live here. I would love to know if they consulted any of you and your expert advice for the article.
Rhome: No way they would consult us. Don’t you know that The Post and The NY Times are like the two dudes in Spy vs. Spy? All jokes aside, the article was a bit paternalistic. They lazily painted the city with that same overachiever and politico brush that everyone uses who doesn’t do more thorough research. They highlighted some basic positives but act like the little bit of cool they’re willing to acknowledge is brand new.
Not exactly new news, but news nonetheless:
The Congressional Radio-TV Correspondents’ Association’s Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Olga Ramirez Kornacki has recently been named Director of the House Radio-TV Gallery, replacing former director Tina Tate, who has retired.
Olga was named Director after spending 22 years in the House Radioâ€“TV Gallery, most recently as Deputy Director.
She and her team of Gallery employees are indispensible to the huge number of radio and television correspondents, producers and technicians who rely on Olga’s advice and expert assistance in helping facilitate the electronic media’s coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Executive Committee congratulates Olga on this well-deserved promotion and looks forward to many years of working together during this next phase of her already distinguished career.
From the release:
Andrea Seabrook, who has served as reporter and substitute host for NPR News since 2001, joins the award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered as its weekend host beginning September 29.
Seabrook joins weekday hosts Melissa Block, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel on NPR’s signature afternoon newsmagazine, which is heard by 11.5 million listeners weekly. For local stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations
For the past four years, Seabrook has covered Congress for NPR News programs, most recently as Congressional Correspondent. She reported on all aspects of the Hill, from legislation on immigration, minimum wage and the Iraq War, to Congress’ trend toward seersucker suits in Summer. Seabrook joined NPR in 1998 as an editorial assistant with NPR Music and, later, Morning Edition; she later was named reporter in NPR News Mexico Bureau. She has served as substitute host for such NPR programs as Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition Saturday, and was one of the team of four anchors heading NPR News’ nine-hour November 2006 election coverage.
Seabrook swaps jobs with Debbie Elliott, who has been named Congressional Correspondent after serving as weekend host of All Things Considered since September 2005. Elliott came to NPR in 1995, covering politics as a reporter and correspondent based in the south. She was part of NPR’s 2000 presidential election team, where she reported from Florida on the election and contested results that followed.
From the Washington Post’s internal announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:
We’re very pleased to announce that Keith Richburg, currently the Post’s foreign editor and before that one of the paper’s most intrepid and engaging correspondents, will be hitting the road again soon as The Post’s New York bureau chief. After two and a half years here in Washington reacclimating himself to the strange ways of the newsroom and adeptly helping steer the foreign report each day into the paper, Keith will be in charge of roaming New York and the Northeast and producing a menu of strong front-page enterprise pieces â€“ at a key political moment when New Yorkers lead both party’s presidential fields. Though he’s not yet familiar with the far corners of Maine, there’s pretty much nowhere else in the world Keith hasn’t been – whether Mogadishu, East Timor, Baghdad or Bangkok. He’s ridden by horseback over the Hindu Kush at the height of the Afghan war, camped out in his car under an Iraqi highway for days to wait out the fall of Basra, written a book on his experiences in Africa and even, or so his bio on the Source claims, managed to spend a year in Hawaii. He hopes to head up I-95 in November.
When AOL announced last week that it was relocating its top brass from northern Virginia to new digs in Manhattan, it didn’t quite feel like the end of an era. For most folks, after all, the firm’s moment had ended long ago, in the wake of its disastrous merger with Time Warner in 2000. Then known as America Online, the Dulles-based Internet titan bought out the pillar of old media, promising new fortunes via the magic of synergy. It didn’t quite work out that way, to the dismay of shareholders, employees, and the now-cashiered executives behind the deal. But if AOL is already well-established as a byword for Internet-related hubris, its move nonetheless signals the passing of a more humble aspiration: That Washington D.C., more than 200 years after its founding, was finally becoming just another part of the United States. …
Of course, tens of thousands of people still work in tech around D.C. But the idea of an alternative–and less government-focused–base of regional power and prestige has lost its cachet. On the highways around Dulles, the signs that jump out from the office parks are those like Lockheed Martin and BAE, firms that do much of their business in federal contracting.
Still, you don’t need to scour government technology contracts to see the region’s traditional tropism toward Uncle Sam reappear. Just check out Snyder’s box at FedEx Field. If Sally Quinn was correct when she declared in 2000 that “money is competing with political influence as the going currency in the area,” the guest list makes it clear that politics won in a walkover. Over the past year, according to the Post’s “Reliable Source” column, the non-Broder-reading Redskins owner played host to such Beltway worthies as Peter Pace, Robert Novak, Sam Donaldson, Jack Kemp, Bernard Shaw, John Glenn, Chris and Kathleen Matthews, Al Hunt, Andrea Mitchell, and Alan Greenspan. There was no mention of any guests from AOL.
Read the full — and excellent piece — here.
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