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The latest issue of Washingtonian MOM is hitting newsstands as we speak, and this issue’s cover story explores the personal and professional life of Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Goslins career began in law, working at a large law firm in New York and later, at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington. She ditched her successful career by her early 30s to study film at NYU after meeting and marrying her now husband, former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.
“In the span of about six months, I went from representing the United States of America on large international delegations to being the coffee and FedEx girl for an office of filmmakers,” Goslins recalls of an internship she held with PBS. Read more
Just following the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama, Hildy Kuryk, who served as the finance director of the Democratic National Committee, left Washington for New York City. Shortly after, Kuryk, who in 2011 was named one of POLITICO’s top 50 fundraisers to watch, joined Anna Wintour’s Vogue fashion empire as communications director, having first met the fashion icon in the spring of 2008 when Wintour was supporting then-Senator Obama’s campaign for president.
Nearly 18 months after leaving her life in Washington politics, we spoke with Kuryk about her new career in the fashion industry often foreign to life inside the Beltway, the intersection of politics and fashion, and what she’s learned most about Washington politics since her departure.
FishbowlDC: What have you been up to since leaving the DNC?
Hildy Kurky: “I left the DNC right after the inauguration in January 2013 and my husband, our son and I moved back to NYC. We are both from New York so it has been great being back in the city and enjoying all our old haunts and finding new ones in Brooklyn where we just moved!”
“In April of last year I started working as the Communications Director at Vogue magazine. I can’t believe it has been well over a year already – time has really flown by.”
FBDC: Where do you see the intersection of politics and fashion?
HK: “In my opinion one of the best things to come out of the 2008 Obama campaign was the idea that individual Americans could take ownership over their politics. Everyone could play a role in that campaign, no matter who you were or where you came from. In a similar vein, with the rise of social media, you have continued to see a movement in fashion toward individual style, the mix of high and low, the street style, the Instagram fashion shoots (that Vogue was the first to do!). Most of all there is a prevailing sense that you don’t have to buy designer fashion to be fashionable anymore – it is about how you present yourself and what your personal message is.”
“Of course I would also be remiss if I didn’t commend our First Lady, Mrs. Obama, on her dedication to young American designers and the spotlight she shines on our industry.”
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Last night at the National Building Museum, Washingtonian hosted its annual AT&T Best of Washington party, likely, the best event of the summer in DC. ‘Best of’ was Washingtonian’s first major event under the helm of its new editor, Michael Schaffer.
More than 60 of the magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants served samples bites from their menu, including 1789, Ted’s Bulletin, Toki Underground, BLT Steak, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Lyon Hall and STK, alongside libations including Pyrat Rum and Patrón Tequilas, among many, many, others (trust).
The soirée was themed “Madhatter,” and the “publisher’s reception” (aka VIP area) – sponsored by the American Beverage Association – offered guests dozens of costume hats to compliment attire. There was a maze, acrobatic performers and musicians, a BMW i8, and a Qatar Airways lounge featuring two of its fully-flat business class seats along with great music. Read more
A recent report by FAIR – Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting – sheds interesting light on what guests we see on cable news.
The group surveyed five weeks of six evening cable programs including CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ and “OutFront With Erin Burnett,” MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes“ and the “Rachel Maddow Show,” and Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.”
Of the 1,015 guests that appeared on the program, 848 (84%) were white and 730 (72%) were male.
Democrats topped Republicans for those with a partisan affiliation, 104 to 84. Also explored, the type of guests – media, government officials, academics and business representatives, that appeared on the program.
Click on over to FAIR for a full look at their findings.
This morning, a Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.
Anderson Cooper quickly took over coverage for CNN’s John Berman, with CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta contributing to the report. The network will reschedule “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the crash.
Fox News Channel national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has been reporting on the matter from the Pentagon.
CBS News’ Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Jeff Pegues have reported from D.C. and the network is sending foreign correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine, Seth Doane to Malaysia, and foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, and Jim Avila have each contributed to network coverage. Tonight’s ”World News” will air an extended broadcast tonight to cover the crash from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with David Muir anchoring.
Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET.
Not only is it summer but it’s summer superlatives season here in the Fishbowl. And with that, we’re calling on our readers to help shape the annual contest.
For one moment, let us step aside from our big boy and big girl jobs and return to high school to recognize our colleagues for who they really are.
Biggest self-promoter? Check. Sexiest eyes? Check. Most #basic? Maybe! Tell us what categories you’d like to see before we make a call for nominees. Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Summer Superlatives.