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6 WaPo Hires and Promotions in 36 Hours

The Washington Post has announced 6 new hires and promotions over the last day and a half. The shuffling of reporting talent comes a little less than a month after Executive Editor Marty Baron announced the paper would be making “impressive investments” in the paper’s online resources and expanding its Sunday magazine. The pace of hiring at the paper, which was already brisk, has increased even more since then.

Here’s a rundown of the newest additions and adjustments to the WaPo family:

Jason Millman is joining Wonkblog from Politico. He has also worked at Thompson Publishing Group and The Hill, and will be covering healthcare.

Emily Badger is also joining Wonkblog. Badger, a former WaPo Sports intern-turned-freelance-writer,  was most recently at The Atlantic Cities blog. She will be covering urban policy.

Monica Hesse,  a writer for the Style section and the author of two young adult books, will become an enterprise reporter at the National desk.

Lenny Bernstein will be launching a new health and wellness blog. He previously wrote a fitness column and worked as an editor on the National, Local and Sports desks.

Colby Itkowitz is joining WaPo to help Al Kamen report and write In the Loop. She was most recently Washington correspondent for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

And Alyssa Rosenberg will be joining the Opinions section as a pop culture blogger. She joins The Post from ThinkProgress.org, where she has been the Features Editor and has her own blog on culture.

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WaPo’s Heil At Helm of Gossip Beat

EmilyH007_052910It’s a natural fit.

Before going to work for WaPo on Al Kamen‘s “In the Loop” column, Emily Heil worked at Roll Call where she covered features as well as wrote HOH, the publication’s Capitol Hill gossip column. Before that, she covered the gossip beat for The Hill with a column that no longer exists called “Under the Dome.” 

And now that Amy Argetsinger is pregnant and moving on to a more family friendly beat, Heil is sliding into gossip once again as she replaces Argetsinger at “Reliable Sources.”

Rest assured, with Heil soon at the helm, things are bound to improve. It’s WaPo — so they won’t let her take that many risks — but up is the only direction things can go.

See the internal memo sent around by WaPo‘s Jen Crandell. Read more

Afternoon Reading List 09.04.13.

Steak: It’s Bill Clinton’s favorite vegan dish  Charles C. Johnson of The Daily Caller gets the coveted Ken Starr medal for today, after he caught Bill “Slick Willy” Clinton in one of his historical lies.  According to Johnson, Bill Clinton has claimed to be a vegan since 2009 when he first started having heart trouble, and has also gone on to profess to the masses the importance of becoming vegan for the personal health and well-being of ourselves, and for the health of our country.  As it turns out, however, it’s all been a big, fat, bean-eating lie.  Clinton not only eats salmon and eggs once a week, he’s also been known to enjoy a filet mignon here and there and in Madrid.

Why you should read it: Because those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them.  Just as I was about to begin my new vegan diet, I find out that everything Clinton told me about veganism that made me want to switch was just a crock of lies.  Check out the article and see all the ways Clinton is full of meat, dairy, fish, and crap!

Geraldo Rivera YOLO’s too hard for the students:  This morning, FNC’s Geraldo Rivera reportedly cancelled his upcoming university visit. A HuffPost update to an article posted yesterday regarding the fall-out of a shameless selfie of Rivera half-nude in a towel, says he was unaware of the cancellation of his appearance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination until a stranger in a hotel bar introduced himself as a panelist for the event and informed Rivera of the change in plans.

Why you should read this article: It’s got Geraldo Rivera with a towel around his waist, and in so few words, proves to be a terrific lesson in keeping all the creepy pics of one’s personal life hidden and buried under about 14 different application folders on their computer.  Just as the old saying that I just came up with goes, “Don’t be a Geraldo, hide the photos you took while yelling #YOLO!”

War, hmph!  Good God, y’all…! 

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A Soirée for Manuel Roig-Franzia

An unusual group of Washington journos is convening on June 23 at the home of Politico‘s Lois Romano and politico bigwig Sven Holmes to celebrate The Rise of Marco Rubio by WaPo‘s Manuel Roig-Franzia. Expect to sip on cocktails made with special rum from the Shapira Family Distillery. The book is scheduled for release on June 19.

Apart from Romano and Holmes, the journalists and publicist types on the host committee are: Robert Draper, a contributor to GQ and NYT Mag, WaPo “In the Loop” writer Al Kamen (who almost never makes appearances on the Washington cocktail circuit), Michael Manganiello, a partner at HCM Strategists, WaPo’s Maralee Schwartz, Ian Shapira and Peter Wallsten, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman.

Please note: Sven Holmes’ title is so crazy Washington long that we’re putting it after the jump.

Correction: The invitation read Ira Shapira and has since been corrected as has our post above. Thanks to AnonymASS who alerted us by writing in this: “It’s IAN Shapira not IRA … espeically if you’re touting his family’s spirits company, you would think you’d know how to get his name correct.” — Thanks Ass, you’re right and that is just lovely.

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WaPo Unveils ‘In the Loop’ Blog

WaPo‘s “In the Loop” column is officially evolving. Today they launch the blog, an extension of Al Kamen’s column, which runs Wednesdays and Fridays. As he puts it, “Today we launch the ‘In the Loop’ blog to intensify the pain.” Along with Kamen’s usual antics, it will feature Emily Heil, who joined the publication this summer from Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill.”

They began publishing posts just before 7 a.m.

Regular features to expect:

  • Quote of the Week from a bizarre or mangled speech
  • RSVP for a fun or strange fundraiser or other event
  • Travel and Leisure section about government officials’ junkets
  • On the Run/Revolving Door, to track who’s leaving government to cash out on K Street or to another venture.

In today’s blog launch, Kamen and Heil ask readers for a phrase that will define President Obama‘s presidency. Examples from prior presidents: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” or “Ask not what your country can do for you” or “I did not  have sexual relations with that woman.”

Visit the blog here.

Manley News Gets ‘Leaked’

Another Capitol Hill press veteran has joined QGA Public Affairs. Jim Manley, former spokesman to Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the late Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), joins the firm as Senior Director of Communications and Government Affairs. Manley spent six years working for Reid and 12 for Kennedy. Already in QGA’s midst is John Feehery, former spokesman to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and the firm’s Communications President.

But like some news around Washington, sometimes it gets leaked early — the hire was supposed to break this morning, but an early report by WaPo‘s Al Kamen presented the need for the below preface to a press release. Noteworthy: Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce reported in her piece at 2:24 p.m. Monday that Manley, after spending 21 years working in the Senate, spent his 50th birthday in Europe. He then took to Capitol Hill coffee shops to tweet and contemplate his next move.

Friends — We are very excited to let you know of an important new hire at QGA Public Affairs.  Jim Manley, who has served as press spokesman for Leader Harry Reid, as well as Senators Ted Kennedy and George Mitchell, will be joining us as a Senior Director of QGA Communications and a Director of the Government Relations practice.  He begins with us this Friday.  As you may know, this news appeared in at least one publication today.  We had hoped to share the announcement with you in advance, but an unexpected leak made that impossible.  We look forward to introducing Jim to you personally.

UPDATE: It was WaPo‘s Kamen, referenced in the above preface, who first spilled the news of Manley’s new job at 1:02 p.m. Monday. Kamen was not cited in Pierce’s story. Read his post here. HuffPost Hill reported the “news” last night. Politico‘s Mike Allen reported the “news” in this morning’s Playbook.

 

Roll Call Loses Heil to WaPo

Roll Call is losing one of their finest reporters to the Washington PostScott Montgomery announced to the newsroom tonight that Emily Heil is leaving the publication after more than four years to join WaPo’s national staff, where she will work with Al Kamen on the “In the Loop” column.

In an email announcing her departure, Emily said “It’s been an honor to be part of Team Roll Call. More than colleagues, you have been fierce friends, co-conspirators, mentors, sounding boards, and inspirations.”

Heil joined Roll Call in early 2007 to take over the “Heard on the Hill” franchise. She penned the column for three and a half years with Anna Palmer as a co-pilot and later, with Beth Brotherton.   Congrats to Emily and to WaPo!

WaPo to Fox News PR: Thanks But No Thanks

In what is probably the most stinging media news of the day, WaPo‘s Al Kamen reports that Fox News pitched a really super fun profile idea of their newest star, former CNNer Ed Henry. Henry left CNN for FNC after CNN decided in the spring that his contract would not be renewed.

Kamen wrote of the PR pitch initiated by Fox News to a WaPo reporter.

“His profile is rising at Fox, she said, because he’s ‘not afraid to ask the tough questions no matter where he works.’ Well, that’s true. … Think we’ll take a pass. But we’ll check with David Remnick at the New Yorker to see whether they have any interest.”

Now that’s gotta hurt.

‘You Like Me, You Really Like Me’

The National Press Club journalism awards are in and the ceremony is tonight.

The results…The Washington Post: two first-place awards. The Seattle Times, The Salt Lake Tribune, McClatchy Newspapers and The Wall Street Journal: one award each.  PBS was among the broadcast winners. MSNBC.com and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting won for online journalism and outstanding multimedia reporting.

From the release…WaPo‘s Dan Balz won the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for his writing about the atmosphere that set the stage for GOP gains in the 2010 elections, while Al Kamen won the Gingras Humor Award for humorous columns on life in the nation’s capital. The Seattle Times’ Michael J. Berens won the Consumer Journalism Award for newspapers with an in-depth examination of Washington state’s adult family home system that showed how efforts to move seniors out of nursing homes into community care results in bad conditions and negligence. Tommy Burr of The Salt Lake Tribune won for Washington regional reporting.

Congratulations to all.

There are many more award winners…read here.

 

The New Look of WaPo


Via Newseum.org.

Notice anything different about your paper this morning? WaPo unveiled a new look today, complete with an eight-page “Redesign Owner’s Manual,” which includes notes from publisher Katharine Weymouth, editor Marcus Brauchli and editorial editor Fred Hiatt.

Most noticeable changes include: bigger, more readable fonts, navigation bars across the tops of section fronts, Health & Science section now on Tuesdays, Local Living section on Thursdays, new opinion page Washington Forum in the A-section, and classifieds have been moved to the Local Living and Sports sections. Reporters’ emails are now at end of their pieces and columnists like Howard Kurtz and Al Kamen‘s photos have been added to their columns.

WaPo welcomes comments at ideas@washpost.com and staffers were prepped this weekend on how to handle reader feedback. That memo (via Politico) is after the jump…

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