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Sandy Johnson Named President and COO of National Press Foundation

unnamedThe National Press Foundation today announced that Sandy Johnson will replace Bob Meyers as its president and COO. Johnson has been a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors since 2001 and served as its board chairman from 2007 – 08.

Current chairman Heather Dahl said of Johnson in the foundation’s announcement, “She has the perfect blend of executive-level management, strategic thinking and experience implementing innovative ideas. Combine these qualities with her deep roots as a journalist; I know she will lead our Foundation to the next level.” Read more

Afternoon Lede Check – 9.29.14

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

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Sen. Ted Cruz on 2016 Run for President: ‘No decision has been made’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Facebook today to shoot down rumors of a planned 2016 run for president. He too has yet to decide.

In the post, the Texas Senator refers to a recent National Journal article that quotes a Cruz ‘advisor’ as saying, ”At this point it’s 90/10 he’s in…And honestly, 90 is lowballing it.”

For the full piece by NJ’s Tim Alberta, click here.

Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s ‘Midterm Mayhem’

Fusion_TV_2013_logoFusion today announced that actor, producer, and former associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn will join its midterm election coverage as a special correspondent with the launch of “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown.” In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be live streamed.

“It’s definitely possible to be entertaining while having conversations about things that actually matter in the democratic process,” said Penn in a release. “Our political debates generate a lot punchlines and crazy segments, and that’s fun, but we’re hoping to offer some smart, engaging, and entertaining reporting without obsessing over the lowest common denominator. We hope to inspire people to get off the sidelines, get engaged, and wake up on election day and actually vote.” Read more

Sally Quinn on Ben Bradlee’s Declining Health

During an interview that aired yesterday on C-SPAN, Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn discussed her husband Ben Bradlee‘s declining health due to Alzheimer’s and dementia and said that last week he began hospice treatment.

Bradley served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 – 91, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.

Quinn said that she did not begin talking about the diagnosis until two years ago, and described his caretaking as “sacred.”

“I don’t think we have ever been as loving with each other, as we are now,” said Quinn. “And you know, we spend a lot of time together and we hold hands and he knows me and he loves having me there. And it’s just extremely rewarding to be able to be there for him now and try to make him happy and give him as much love as I can until he dies.”


CNN Politics Digital’s Latest Hire: WaPo’s Jeff Simon

jjs_picWord on the street is The Washington Post’s Jeff Simon is headed to…you guessed it…CNN Politics Digital.

Simon will serve as a video producer and shared with FishbowlDC: ”I’m grateful to The Post for the opportunities they’ve afforded me over the past 18 months. But I could not be more excited to join Ed, Rachel and the incredible digital politics team at CNN.”

For The Post, Simon covered competitive Senate races and Capitol Hill politics. He joins this month’s hires to CNN Politics Digital including Ashley Codianni, Eric Bradner, and Zach Wolf.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 9.29.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVSpy FAA Allows Six Film Companies to Use Drones

TVNewser CNN Airs Live Firefight Between ISIS Militants and Kurdish Fighters

Lost Remote #RE2PECT: Jeter Fans Relive Last Game on Social Media

FishbowlDC Behind the Scenes of ‘FOX News Sunday’

FishbowlNY Consumer Reports Gets an Overhaul

SocialTimes Bitcoin Becomes a Tool For Ponzi Schemes

AllFacebook Facebook Q&A to Precede ‘Dateline’ Season Premiere

AllTwitter Facebook, Twitter Engage Young People in Politics [STUDY]

InsideFacebook Infographic: Holiday Facebook Marketing Trends

GalleyCat Stan Lee Stars in a Banned Books Week Video

PRNewser Fired Ferguson Rep Speaks to Local Reporter

AgencySpy Agency People Told Digiday Why They’re Unhappy

MediaJobsDaily Three Media Jobs Among Top 20 For Work-Life Balance

UnBeige Louise Sandhaus on Graphic Design, California Style

Inside Mobile Apps WalletUp Launches to Help Users Make the Best of Credit Card Rewards

POLITICO Pro Hires to Labor, Health Care, Trade Verticals

PoliticoProPOLITICO Pro editor Marty Kady announced Friday afternoon new hires to its Pro verticals, including:

  • Mike Elk as a labor reporter, from In These Times.
  • Rachana Pradhan as a health care reporter, from Inside Health Policy.
  • Victoria Guida as a trade reporter, who most recently served as an associate editor at Inside U.S. Trade.

With the launch of Pro Labor and Employment this fall, POLITICO’s subscription service will operate 14 topical verticals.

Monday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Politico Presents Lessons From Leaders: The Leadership Landscape with Bill Gates, 8 a.m.

— Writing True Stories That Make a Difference at the National Press Club, 9 a.m.

— Book Rap: Nicholas Kristoff: “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities” at the National Press Club, 9:30 a.m.

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A mineral matching the chemical makeup of Kryptonite was discovered in a Serbian mine.

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