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CQ Roll Call Mourns Loss of Arnie Thomas

Rebecca Gale pens an obit for former senior vice president at CQ Roll Call, Arnie Thomas. Thomas was also a former director of LEGI-SLATE at The Washington Post, president of the A Thomas Group, and a mentor to many. He died of a heart attack on April 12.

From the obituary:

But Thomas was most effusive about mentoring others. “I often encourage my clients to mentor others,” he wrote in Everyday Mentor. “Mentoring not only helps the mentee to grow personally and professionally but it also creates an opportunity for the mentor to gain fulfillment through the development of others, personal rejuvenation, a larger support community and an opportunity of greater self-awareness. Plus, frankly it just feels good!”

“I worked with him for 23 years,” said Lisa McAvoy, a product development manager at CQ Roll Call.” I saw him through so many professional and personal highs and lows. He never lost his integrity or his zest for living. He took people for where they were and moved them forward. It was a remarkable gift. He was the youngest 66 I ever met.”

Atlantic Cover: Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Here’s your long read of the day folks: BBC’s Katty Kay and ABC’s Claire Shipman‘s revealing and thoroughly interesting look at “The Confidence Gap”:

“Katty got a degree from a top university, speaks several languages, and yet had spent her life convinced that she just wasn’t intelligent enough to compete for the most-prestigious jobs in journalism. She still entertained the notion that her public profile in America was thanks to her English accent, which surely, she suspected, gave her a few extra IQ points every time she opened her mouth.

Claire found that implausible, laughable really, and yet she had a habit of telling people she was “just lucky”—in the right place at the right time—when asked how she became a CNN correspondent in Moscow while still in her 20s. And she, too, for years, routinely deferred to the alpha-male journalists around her, assuming that because they were so much louder, so much more certain, they just knew more. She subconsciously believed that they had a right to talk more on television. But were they really more competent? Or just more self-assured?”

Read the whole thing here.

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What’s Happening
— Science Coalition Roundtable at the National Press Club, 2 p.m.
— Thomas Piketty’s book release: Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Urban Institute, noon

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2014 Pulitzer Prizes Announced (FishbowlNY)
The Pulitzer Prizes celebrate the best of the best, and Monday we learned the latest recipients of journalism’s highest honor. TVNewserThe Washington Post and the U.S. edition of The Guardian have won the award. They will share the Public Service award for their series of stories on NSA surveillance, as revealed by Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who gave the top-secret information to the news organizations. The Pulitzer committee said the journalism was “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.” Politico Snowden immediately declared the decision “a vindication.” The reporting on the former government contractor’s leaks was led by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewan McAskill at The Guardian, Barton Gellman at the Post, and Laura Poitras, who worked with both newspapers. NYT The Boston Globe won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded at least 260. The Post won a second award, for explanatory journalism. Eli Saslow, 31, a staff writer, won for a series of articles on American families that rely on the federal food stamp program.GalleyCat Author Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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And the Pulitzers Go To…

A complete list of all the 2014 Pulitzer Awards for Journalism announced today:

Public Service
The Guardian US
-for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.
The Washington Post -for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.

Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Boston Globe -for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.

Investigative Reporting
Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC -for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.

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Easley Leaves The Hill for Morning Consult

Jonathan Easley has left The Hill, where he had been covering healthcare policy since 2011, to become health editor for the Morning Consult, FBDC has learned. Morning Consult -a daily health policy briefing – was founded by pollster Michael Ramlet in 2009 and recently expanded their coverage to the energy sector as well.

Easley has also written for Roll Call and Salon, and prior to his career in journalism, worked for ten years in the finance sector. He takes over from former health editor Meghan McCarthy, who has been promoted to managing editor.

Afternoon Lede Check, 4.14.14

Russia makes provocative moves against a US warship; John Boehner returns from a secret trip to Afghanistan; and using an E-ZPass turns out to be not quite so easy after all.

 

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, 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

Savannah Guthrie’s Baby to Receive the Non-Stop Coverage America Deserves

Oh joy! Just like in that dream we had that one time, ex-DC journo Savannah Guthrie is starting a blog dedicated to her yet-unborn child! The charmingly alliterative “bouncing baby blog” will feature extensive coverage of Savannah’s abdomen, and -once the baby has grown some thumbs -live Tweets from inside her uterus.*

No word yet on whether NBC intends to live-stream the birth itself -though a birdy tells us they are considering adding a special fifth AND sixth hour of the “Today Show” to cover the final month of her pregnancy.

Other possible baby-centric features under discussion by “Today” producers:

1) A “Mocktail of the Day” segment with Kathy Lee and Hoda aimed at pregnant women who don’t want to be left out on Ladies Night. Kathy Lee and Hoda will drink regular cocktails.

2) A contest open to the public and hosted by Carson Daly to choose the baby’s middle name.

3) Appearances by guest bloggers Prince George of England, North West, and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin.

4) A special late night airing of the conception video.

*This, and most everything else in this post, is entirely made up. The baby blog is real though -find out for yourself.

AP Reporter Wins Michael Kelly Award

Rukmini Callimachi is this year’s recipient of the Michael Kelly Award for her work as the West Africa bureau chief for the Associated Press, Atlantic Media announced yesterday. The award is given each year by Atlantic Media to a reporter who “exemplifies the fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” and is named after the former editor of The Atlantic and National Journal who was killed while reporting in Iraq in 2003. Callimachi was honored at a dinner last night in Washington hosted by Atlantic Media CEO David Bradley.

 

To read more about the award and about Callimachi’s work, go here.

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