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Washington Fetes Whitaker’s Family Memoir

Whitaker with wife Alexis Gelber

Looking for a way to pass the time while you wait out this weekend’s wintry weather?  If so, you’re in luck because Mark Whitaker‘s “My Long Trip Home” just  hit bookshelves.  Earlier this week, the EVP and  managing editor of CNN Worldwide returned to Washington to celebrate the release of his family memoir at an intimate affair hosted in the Georgetown residence of Mandy Grunwald.

No shortage of star power, the event boasted big name guests like  Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), CBS News Bureau Chief Chris Isham, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and hubby Alan Greenspan, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, NBC’s Luke Russert, Alexis Gelber, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Huff Post’s Howard Fineman, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, and Kate Bolduan.

If you weren’t lucky enough to pick up a signed copy of “My Long Trip Home” on Tuesday night, stop by your local bookstore.  FishbowlDC pre-ordered our copy and we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.  For more on Whitaker’s new work, check out our earlier post here.

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Author Graham Moore’s Presidential Perks

Novelist Graham Moore with VP Joe Biden

Dealing with the spotlight from a famous mother or father can be drag.  Just ask Chelsea Clinton, Jackie Kucinich or Meghan McCain.  But as new novelist Graham Moore will tell you, having a political power parent also has its perks. While most authors receive a pat on the back after publishing their first book, Moore, the 29-year-old son of outgoing FLOTUS Chief of Staff Susan Sher, is being honored with a lineup of high-profile parties (two in the District alone).  Unfortunately for the fetes to follow, Moore’s first will be nearly impossible to top.

Hosted last night by Dr. Jill Biden and Susan Sher at the residence of the Vice President, an intimate group of  administration and media power players gathered to toast the first-time novelist and his book “The Sherlockian.” Trimmed out for the holidays, the glistening residence at One Observatory Circle welcomed a guest list that included Sec. Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a bubbly and warm Justice Sonia Sotomayor , White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Alan Greenspan and Ambassador Fujisaki of Japan to name just a few.

The fourth estate was represented by a number of faces from NBC – Andrea Mitchell, Norah O’Donnell with husband Geoff Tracy, Howard Fineman, Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker and wife Alexis Gelber.  Glamour’s Linda Kramer Jenning, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, SELF’s Marc Adelman, ABC News Washington Bureau Chief Robin Sproul, Tammy Haddad,  and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times rounded out the media invitees. Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens, whose recent cancer diagnosis seemed to have little effect on his spirit, was also in attendance with his son and daughter who are visiting from London.

While joking that his publishers have been instructed to send all press clippings directly to his doting mother, Moore was interrupted by Vice President Joe Biden who walked down the steps of his home to surprise and congratulate the boyish new author.  How’s that for a first book party?

Moore’s next Washington book bash will be held at the home of Hilary Rosen on December 6, 2010.  Check out his book “The Sherlockian” here.

Tammy Haddad with Justice Sotomayor

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Haddad White House Correspondents Brunch: “Best Yet”

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L: CNN’s Jill Chappell chats up Chase Crawford. R: Politico of past, Yahoo writer Michael Calderone with girlfriend.

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NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber.

Everyone from the Jonas Brothers, Gayle King and Chase Crawford to FNC White House correspondent Major Garrett, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich and Politico’s former Michaels – Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and HuffPo’s Michael Falcone came out for Tammy Haddad’s annual White House Correspondents brunch on Saturday.

The event and the day couldn’t have been a lovelier way to celebrate causes CURE – Epilepsy and Mother’s Day Every Day. Co-hosted by Ted Greenberg, Hilary Rosen, David Adler, Jim Courtovich, Alex Castellanos, Debra Lee, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese, the fete was called the “best yet” by many brunch-goers.

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L: Tammy Haddad and Susan Axelrod take the stage. R: Story Partners’ Amos Snead and wife, Whitney Drew.

WHCD: Cap File Rises to the Occasion

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Eva Longoria Parker & Meghan McCain

Tight budgets and tiny guest lists at other post-dinner events offered Capitol File/Niche Media an interesting opportunity to make their mark as hosts for the 2009 WHCD weekend must-attend fete.

Luckily for Cap File, the Saturday night soiree lived up to the hype. Journalists, politicos, Hollywood royalty and actual royalty packed the invite-only (crashers of yesteryear were out of luck) party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

FishbowlDC hung with media power couple Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber, Yeas & Nays Kiki Ryan and almost off-the-market Jeff Dufour (engaged to Jayne Sandman), WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, HuffPo’s Ryan Grimm, Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers, Mike Mills and Jackie Kucinich from Roll Call, CNN’s Leslie Sanchez and Suzanne Malveaux, TWT silver fox Joe Curl, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, NJ’s Erin McPike, GMA’s Polson Kanneth and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran.

We also caught up with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (who charmed my mom/date at Tammy Haddad‘s brunch earlier in the day) and spotted PBS’ Gwen Ifill, BET’s Debra Lee, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar, CNBC’s Jim Kramer and AP/WHCA’s Jennifer Loven.

We reunited with old pal Rachael Leigh Cook (whose youthful beauty seems to defy time) and got to know our Friday night crush; Meghan McCain a little better. Christian Slater, Wanda Sykes, Amber Tamblyn, Chris Tucker, Eva Longoria Parker, John McLaughlin, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Mariska Hargitay, Tim Daly, Kara DioGuardi, Keisha & Forest Whitaker, Owen Wilson, Jason Wu, David Cross, Connie Britton, Padma Lakshmi, Dule Hill, Kai Milla, Matthew Settle all made the fete.

The political scene included Todd Palin and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers represented the White House.

Even HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was on hand to toast the evening’s event.

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John McLaughlin

Enchanted, Surprised, Troubled and Humbled at Time & People

Larry Hackett and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall of People Magazine and Time Magazine’s Richard Stengel and Michael Duffy kicked off the WHCA Dinner weekend with a star-studded cocktail at the Hotel St. Regis. Taking a cue from our pal Jeff Zeleny, we’ve decided to summarize the fete in a four-part format.

We were enchanted by Meghan McCain. The Senator’s daughter was warm, friendly and looking fierce…

Surprised to see Jeff Zeleny (our inspiration). We caught up with the NYT WH correspondent for a few laughs and a drink…

Troubled by Kevin Bacon‘s behavior. When the skinny star wasn’t rejecting requests for his picture, he was leaning against the bar in his best ‘too cool for school’ manner…

Humbled by Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber. The dynamic duo never ceases to amaze us with their charm, smarts and approachable demeanor…

We also ran into Greta Van Susteren, Chris Matthews, Norah O’Donnell, Savannah Guthrie, Patrick Gavin, Wolf Blitzer, Michael Calderone, Mike Allen, Arianna Huffington and Amy Argetsinger.

Thanks to Politico’s Patrick Gavin who snagged a few minutes with Meghan McCain:

Mark Whitaker: The FishbowlDC Interview

Say hello “good afternoon, Sir” to Mark Whitaker. One of the most powerful players in news media, Whitaker is Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News… but I didn’t need to tell you that.

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What does your morning reading list include? In print, I read The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post every morning. Then I check out Huffington Post, Politico, The Daily Beast, Romenesko and I Want Media online. I save TV Newser and Fishbowl DC and NY for last…to keep my blood pressure down.

What has been the proudest moment in your career? I was the Editor of Newsweek during 9/11 – we did a lot of groundbreaking coverage for a weekly magazine and won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence for it. On a personal level, I also got a big thrill out of writing the Newsweek cover story when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. But nothing beats the immediacy of TV. Nine days after the election, I stopped by Andrea Mitchell‘s office around 6 pm and she told me that two solid sources had told her Barack Obama was in serious talks with Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State. I called Alex Wallace, who was the EP of Nightly News with Brian Williams and urged her to put Andrea on for a cross-talk with Brian. Half an hour later she had the biggest scoop of the Obama transition. That was a kick.

What has been the biggest challenge in your new position at NBC? Obviously replacing Tim Russert has been both a huge honor and a big challenge. I’ve approached it by trying to honor everything Tim stood for – toughness but fairness and fierce loyalty to his people and bureau. But also by being true to myself and my judgments and style rather than trying to model myself after him.

You’ve climbed to the top of both the publishing and broadcast news worlds. How do you compare those two news mediums? The difficulty but also the fun of editing a newsweekly was figuring out what was worth telling readers who already knew the headlines. In television, you can make news simply by being in the right place at the right time with a camera. But increasingly, as news moves at warp speed across the Internet, TV will have to focus less just on reporting the facts and more on adding value with smart analysis and commentary and behind-scenes reporting. I think one reason NBC News and MSNBC are doing so well right now is that we’ve figured that out.

Your lovely wife Alexis Gelber is also a big name in journalism. How does she feel about your new gig? She’s been very supportive, although her work is mostly still in New York right now (consulting for Newsweek and recently heading up books coverage for The Daily Beast) so we’re doing a lot of commuting back and forth on weekends. But having worked with her for so many years at Newsweek (where she was the National Affairs editor and managing editor of the International edition and Director of Special Projects), it’s nice to be able to talk shop about different shops.

What is the media’s role in helping our country move past the recession? Our role isn’t to cheerlead or to fear-monger but to report and explain. How did we get into this mess? What are the pros and cons of the Obama rescue plan, both now and for America’s future? What can ordinary folks do to cope? Of course, the causes and consequences of this crisis are so complicated that even the smartest financial journalists are still figuring a lot of it out themselves.

Obama’s presidency seems to have sparked an almost overly-cautious approach to news media. How can we overcome that without being misinterpreted as “racist?” President Obama had a good answer when Ann Compton asked him at his press conference how much he thought about being the first black president. He said he felt good about what his election symbolized for about a day, but then he had to get down to business like any other president. I would say the same for the news media. We celebrated the historic breakthrough, now we have to cover this administration like we would any other.

There are currently no women as chief white house correspondents. What does that say about female leadership in Washington? That question doesn’t do justice to NBC’s White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie. She shares the beat with Chuck Todd: they do equal duty reporting for both Nightly News and the Today show, trading shows every week, and are both on MSNBC all the time. The fact that Chuck is called Chief White House Correspondent is virtually a distinction without a difference, except that Chuck had handled most of the White House press briefings and presidential news conferences so far. But the larger point you raise is a good one. There should be more women on the front line at the White House.

You’re new to Washington. What has been the biggest surprise about living here? I always thought of Washington as a one-company town, so I’ve been pleased to make friends with writers and architects and businesspeople as well as politicians and journalists. And it’s really mellow here on the weekends, compared to New York. I tell people I don’t need a country house anymore; I can just stay here.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I play the saxophone, but not well enough that you’d want to hear me.

What is your favorite power lunch spot? We’re so far from downtown DC here at the NBC bureau that I’ve all but given up on power lunches. I’m down to power breakfasts and power dinners.