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MTP’s Verdugo to CBS Mornings

verdugoLooks like David Gregory lost another one…  According to the Twitters, Adam Verdugo, a senior producer for NBC’s “Meet the Press” is packing his bags and heading to CBS News where he’ll reunite with his longtime friend and colleague Norah O’Donnell.  Politico’s Dylan Byers reports from an internal memo that Verdugo has accepted the role of senior producer for the network’s rise and shiner, CBS “This Morning.”

In response to the news, former MTP EP Betsy Fischer tweeted,  ”The BEST Sr. an EP could ever ask for!”

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Quotes of the Day

“Clearly I’m chopped liver.” — NBC News Producer Adam Verdugo retweeting celebrity Magazine Publisher Jason Binn: @KimKardashian, @JulieChen w @VP Biden’s Press Secretary @kabarkof shine @WHCD.

CBS’s 60 Minutes finally acknowledges Wallace’s Fox News son

“Chris Wallace remembers his father during the @CBSNews memorial for Mike Wallace earlier today. #60Minutes” — 60 Minutes. Visit here. During their recent hour-long tribute to Mike Wallace, there was not a single mention of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

Baldwin gives major shout-out to another Ariana

“As a digest of news and writing you will truly wish to keep up on, follow @arianapekary.” — Alec Baldwin, who’s referring to Ariana Pekary, a producer for The Bob Edwards Show.

Question to Ponder: “Why do people stretch their legs out on the metro seats? Why would anyone want to?” — Politico‘s Alex Isenstadt.

Ouch!

“Dear geniuses: I did not actually write any jokes for @jimmykimmel. he was, in fact, joking. End of transmission.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. During Saturday night’s entertainment, Kimmel kept blaming jokes that flopped on Tapper. The White House correspondent  sounded seriously down on Twitter yesterday, writing, “Days like this, there is so much rudeness of twitter, it’s not worth it.”

The Observer

“Nice tourist couple asks loudly & politely to be let off jampacked metro. Met w/ mix of dull, cattle-like stares & looks of abject scorn.” — RealClearPoliticsJoseph Lawler.

More WHCD c-word fallout…

“Gerhi is a fan of Kardashian, not me. Fishbowl DC tries so hard to smear me. Desperate.” — The Daily Caller‘s intrepid video reporter Michelle Fields (this is her on Fox News this morning). Actually, Michelle, we understood you were not a fan when you wrote that you were a “Kardashian hater” because if anyone has a right to judge that family, it’s you. We’re also crazy in our comprehension skills. When someone says they hate the Kardashians we tend to take them at their word. As it happens, this time, we weren’t trying to smear you. It was confusing, however, who was being called a c**t since you had been called one before and the Kardashian fan seemed utterly and absurdly offended by your slight on the Kardashians. We said you were “exposed” to the word again — and really we can’t even imagine why you were exposed to it in the first place.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“@AliEWentworth I’ll take a bikini wax after a martini!” — publicist and former ABC “This Week” producer Courtney Cohen to Wentworth, wife of ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Yahoo! News Celebrates Chalian, Campaign Season

Photo L to R: Rick Klein, Robin Sproul, Richard Kaplan, Ross Levinsohn, Jonathan Karl, Amy Walter, Joe Ruffolo.

If you didn’t make it up to the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave for Yahoo! News’ swanky soiree on Wednesday night, here’s a quick recap of what you missed:  Thrown by event extraordinaire Philip Dufour, the party was held in large part to welcome new DC bureau chief David Chalian.  In addition, the newsgroup used the opportunity to kick off their 2012 campaign coverage plans and to raise a glass to their partnership with ABC News.

Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo! EVP of the Americas  (and American University alum),  spoke about Yahoo! News’ expanding editorial coverage and presence in Washington to a crowd that included many familiar faces from ABC’s DC bureau:  Ann Compton, Jonathan Karl, Rick Klein, Polson Kanneth, Richard Kaplan, Amy Walter and Robin Sproul.  Also in attendance were WaPo‘s Dana Milbank, Neil Patel of the Daily Caller, NJ’s Chris Frates, Jane Mayer from the New Yorker, CNN’s Dan Lothian and Alex Mooney, Politico’s Marty Kady and Keach Hagey, Judy Kurtz of The Hill, NBC’s Adam Verdugo, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, CQ Roll Call’s Mark Walters and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Verdugo Named Senior Producer of MTP

New NBC Washington Bureau Chief  Antoine Sanfuentes and MTP E.P. Betsy Fischer announced today that Adam Verdugo has been named Senior Producer of  “Meet the Press.”  Memo announcing Verdugo’s big up below.  Congrats to Adam!

Please join us in congratulating Adam Verdugo, who will officially join Meet The Press as Senior Producer effective next week.

This will be a special return to MTP for Adam, who started his NBC career with the show as an intern. Since that time, we have seen Adam grow tremendously at MSNBC, honing his skills both in the field and in the edit room.  Most recently, Adam was on the campaign trail reporting on all of the big races across the country for NBC as a digital journalist during the midterms.  Adam’s abilities and love of politics will complement the talented MTP team and will help to make Meet The Press even stronger moving forward.

Congratulations, Adam

Antoine and Betsy

Happy High Noon FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

Photo credit: Adam Verdugo

Just another evening in D.C.

“Typical DC dinner. Check your sidearms at the door. 2 people, 4 communication devices.” — NBC Producer Adam Verdugo in a tweet on Dec. 27.

Pleasant surprise: One of us will be spending New Year’s Eve in Miami. The best part is that ABC7′s wild train ride tweeter Stephen Tschida is also in Miami and we hope to hunt him down and at least say hello.

Some news: Yesterday, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein (who in January 2008 advised, “F–k Tim Russert with a spiky acid-tipped d–k“) made a dramatic move and blocked FishbowlDC on Twitter, saying he prefers to read things like Columbia Journalism Review, not FishbowlDC. We regret that he has made this decision, but trust life will somehow go on without being able to read his tweets. Surely the refined CJR doesn’t say things like Klein’s remark, but he’s above all that pettiness out there right? At the time, Klein told Wonkette he was joking.

Wisdom by Westfall

“Turns out humans really make things happen. When they’re not all on vacation. Slowest news day ever.” — TBD‘s Julie Westfall in a Wednesday tweet. Good to know how she feels about her colleagues.

Understatement of the year

“This has been an intense day – & it’s amazing how central of a role Twitter now plays in these disputes/debates.” — Salon’s Glenn Greenwald in a Wednesday tweet (yes he’s Manhattan-based, but we think his comment applies to Washington, too).

Toast of the Town: Corke’s Goodbye DC, Hello Miami Party

Former NBC White House correspondent Kevin Corke said adios to DC and hola to South Beach with a Latin-inspired celebration at Lima last night. He’s moving to Miami for a gig as NBC 6/WTVJ’s main anchor.

The party was hosted by Corke’s former NBC colleagues Kerri Forrest, Allison Kaminsky Putala and yours truly, Christine Delargy, and his former ESPN colleague Melissa Jacobs, who’s now blogging at TheFootballGirl.com.

A big contingency from Corke’s NBC days came out, including former NBC Washington bureau chief Wendy Wilkinson, former NBC correspondent Jeannie Ohm, former White House producer Tammy Kupperman Thorp and Sarah Irwin, who’s now at Reuters, as well as plenty of current NBC-ers like Luke Russert and prods Carl Sears and Adam Verdugo.

Some friends from the White House press corps were also in attendance: ABC’s John Hendren, Reuters’ Jon Decker, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kathleen Koch and Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson, as well as Tony Fratto and Stuart Siciliano from the Bush White House.

Also: Pamela Punch’s Pamela Sorensen (check out her write-up here), Neil Grace, Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, CBS’ Kaylee Hartung and Frank Thorp, and a strong showing from Corke’s frat brothers!


Corke and party hostesses.

More party pics after the jump…

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Mike Allen’s “Surprise” Birthday Party, Brought To You By Starbucks

Most of DC wakes up to him, even more of DC wonders if and when he ever sleeps, Politico’s Mike Allen never seems to stop.

So last night, co-hosts John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Jim and Autumn VandeHei, Mike Feldman, Betsy Fischer, Hilary Rosen, Jonathan Karl, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale thought it was about time for Mikey to let loose with a “surprise” birthday party at the home of one of DC’s best hosts Tammy Haddad.

And how do you go about surprising someone who knows everything going on in this town? Tammy and co. posed the party as a celebration of “President Obama’s 160 Days of Media.” The surprise was spoiled just a little before the party- Tammy had to fill Mike in to ensure his attendance.

Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Ann Compton, John Dickerson, Rita Braver and Bob Barnett, Suzanne Malveaux, Nia-Malika Henderson, Savannah Guthrie, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt, Debbie Dingell, Sam Feist, Steve Chaggaris, Querry Robinson, Roger Simon, Ann Schroeder Mullins, Lauren Vicary, Mark Murray, Sasha Johnson, Juleanna Glover, Janet Donovan, Edie Emery, Adam Verdugo, Carol Lee, Alex Burns, Michael Feldman, Ron Bonjean, Lynn Sweet, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Gordon Johndroe and Austan Goolsbee, among many others, all donned “I Like Mike” campaign-ish buttons.

Harris and VandeHei each toasted their all-star, each saying that Mike had a bigger heart than any guy they’ve ever met.

Mike also gave a really gracious speech, joking that the party was sponsored by Starbucks and thanking Tammy and others for their friendship and hospitality, and God, quipping VandeHei thinks that’s a reference to him. VandeHei called him a “guy who will break more news before I’m done with this toast than I will in my career” and very appropriately, the “guy who gets up in the morning and reads all the papers so the rest of us don’t have to.”

Always the intrepid reporter, Mike even included a pool report in this morning’s Playbook:

POOL REPORT from Washington’s true bipartisan DMZ — TAMMY HADDAD’s YARD. Tammy (the one carrying two cameras, as well as throwing the party) had a few friends over to “Celebrate! President Obama’s 160 DAYS OF MEDIA, Hosted By John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Jim and Autumn VandeHei, Mike Feldman, Betsy Fischer, Jonathan Karl, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale, Hilary Rosen, Jonathan Martin, and Tammy Haddad.” Aided and abetted by the magic of Kim Kingsley. (hat tip: Mom)

THE CARTOON SPHYNX SAYS: Thank you for the love and amazing time, and for taking the time to appreciate and enjoy each other.

IT TURNS OUT THAT… even Michael Feldman would want to come back as Michael Feldman.


Mike’s birthday card.

More party photos after the jump. Also, find out where Mike’s friends read his Playbook, courtesy of Politico‘s Patrick Gavin. We have to agree with Margaret Carlson- “Doesn’t everybody read it in bed?”

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Party Photos: DCI Fetes Journos

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Above: Sometimes journo Doug “Fine, I’ll temporarily suspend my ‘I don’t do blog photos’ policy for you, Gavin”, former journo Moira Bagley, Best Journo Hair Carl Hulse and Loved By Journos Ron Bonjean.

More after the jump…(and were you there for Tammy Haddad‘s party for Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead last night?)

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Morning Reading List, 07.14.08

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Good morning, Washington. Above, Adam Verdugo makes his television debut.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Verdugo Replaces Yuille

On Sept 10th, Adam Verdugo will replace Jen Yuille as Norah O’Donnell’s producer. Verdugo started out as an intern for “Meet the Press” in January 2005 and moved on to become Desk Assistant and Assignment Editor for NBC News. Verdugo will produce for MSNBC and produce spots for Norah to air on the “Today” show.