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Nancy Pelosi Recipient of Award from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

EGPAF6-24-7116Last night at the Newseum, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received the Congressional Global Champion Award for Longstanding Commitment to an AIDS-free Future from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

“There’s nothing like the determination of a mother,” said Pelosi. “When [Elizabeth Glaser] died we lost a champion, but her legacy lives on. She made a difference in the world. We are going to continue this fight until no child has AIDS.”

Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate for those infected with and affected by HIV since the beginning of the epidemic and her commitment has been critical in advancing the fight against the disease, seeing firsthand how research, public policies, and communities can act together to make real, lifesaving change.

WJLA anchor Alison Starling hosted the evening with a performance by percussive dance group Step Afrika.

Other notables in attendance: Charles Lyons, president and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs, Toyota; and Jake Glaser, ambassador, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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NBC4′s Angie Goff and WJLA’s Alison Starling’s Youngest Celebrated at Sip & See

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WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, NBC4′s Angie Goff and Bob, NBC News’ Peter Alexander and Ava Starling, Alison Starling, Jill Collins

WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper and PR maven Jill Collins hosted a “Sip & See” at Carmine’s this past Saturday for WJLA anchor Alison Starling‘s newest baby, Ava Starling, and NBC4 anchor Angie Goff‘s baby, Robert (Bob) Ellis IV.

Guests included 30 TV women, anchors, and producers from all the local affiliates, plus Peter Alexander, NBC News White House Correspondent (and spouse of Alison Starling).

My first reaction upon being invited was “What on earth is a Sip & See?” Well, apparently, it’s a popular Southern tradition to introduce a little one to friends and colleagues while you sip on champagne. Given how much baby coverage I’ve been doing of late, if it weren’t hosted at Carmine’s, I’d likely have politely declined. But the promise of their famous meatballs -and the champagne of course – was too much to resist.

Here’s how it went down.

10:30am - Snoozughhhh, I have to go to that Sip & See! Seriously, how can I get out of this? Alas, as chief parenting reporter for FishbowlDC, I have duties.

1pm - Walk into Carmine’s, the legendary family style Italian resto hailing from New York, one hour late. #yolo

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Angie Goff and Adora, Bloomberg TV’s Megan Hemmerlein

1:02 - Ohh wait…this was like a dressy affair, and I’m wearing flannel. #yolo

1:03 - Realization that other kids are here too. Should that have been expected? Again, anxiety setting in over the thought of having children. Where’s the champagne?

1:05 - Say hello to Angie Goff and meet Bob. Immediately ask where Bob’s sister Adora is. For those who don’t know, Adora is the star of #AdorasDay on Angie’s Instagram (@OhMyGoff), and in my eyes, a celebrity.

1:08 - Bump into Alison Starling. Awkwardly introduce myself as we’ve never met and I’m at her child’s Sip & See. Make sure she knows that I know Angie and not a younger version of Tareq Salahi.

1:11 - Objective for attending…Carmine’s meatballs. Seriously, the bomb. Contemplating asking for a to-go box. Is that rude?

1:13 - Formality begins. Alison’s husband, Peter Alexander, put on the spot and asked about the possibility of missing Ava’s birth because of having to cover President Obama’s historic Africa trip. He replies, “The consequences of not going on this historic trip with Alison were far greater.” Funny.

More after the jump. Read more

Alexander Gets NBC White House Beat

NBC News President Steve Capus today announced that Peter Alexander has been named White House Correspondent, joining Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker on the beat effective immediately. Noteworthy: Alexander’s wife is Alison Starling, who works for ABC7 in Washington.

In other NBC news… Todd will extend his tenure as NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, as well as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” editor of NBCNews.com’s “First Read” blog, and frequent contributor to “Meet the Press.”

Alexander’s reporting earned recognition as one of Politico‘s “10 breakout reporters of 2012.”

See the canned, complimentary quote from Capus… Read more

Wake Up to Leon Harris In Your Ear

Waking up to the voice of a broadcaster just seems like a bad idea. Sure, it’s better than dishes breaking on the floor, but still, how about some relaxing music?

Nonetheless, for the newsies among us, ABC7/WJLA-TV is “thrilled” to announce the launch of the The ABC7 Alarm Clock app, which allows viewers to awake to the voice of their favorite local reporter. Choices include Alison Starling, Cynné Simpson, Jacqui Jeras, Leon Harris and Steve Chenevey.

The app is available for free on iTunes, and allows users… Read more

Hard to Resist: A Cocktail Soiree With Greek Meze…

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A gathering on Monday evening is expected to attract a bunch of journalists and a hoard of lawmakers as Mike Manatos celebrates his 20 year anniversary as V.P. of the government relations firm, Manatos & Manatos. The cocktail reception with Greek meze is being held at Kellari Taverna on K Street in downtown Washington.

Journos are sure to be there. Manatos is, after all, married to Fox 5′s Laura Evans. She’ll attend with fellow Fox 5-ers (unless, of course, there’s breaking news). Those expected to attend include: Shawn Yancy (Laura’s co-host), Sue Palka; reporter Will Thomas; and Alison Starling from ABC 7.

Among the chattier guests will be MNSBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, who plans to attend with his wife, Kathleen. The Manatos family has been tight with the Matthews family for decades – they and their children have attended
the Manatos Christmas party for many years.

Beyond journalists, 15 members of Congress plan to put in some face time at the party as well as President of the Center for American Progress John Podesta and a variety of White House staffers – we’re hearing the First Lady’s deputy chief of staff and the V.P.’s Social Secretary.

Which members of Congress plan to show up? Find out after the jump…

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NewsBabes Paint Georgetown Pink!

Just what every good cause needs… babes.

Lindsay Czarniak, Angie Goff, Pamela Brown, Laura Evans, Brianna Keilar, Alison Starling, Rebecca Cooper, Cynne Simpson, Mike Conneen and Elizabeth Manresa were just some of the NewsBabes out last night to support breast cancer research.

According to Goff’s blog, over 500 people turned out for the 2nd annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Ambassador Nancy Brinker and DC’s First Lady Michelle Fenty co-hosted and made remarks at the event.

Also sporting pink: WTOP’s Bob Madigan, Biz Journal’s Jen Conner, On Tap Magazine’s Ashley Estill, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and NBC’s Luke Russert- in a cotton candy jacket and matching tie. And where there are babes, there is Andy Baldwin who would never miss such an event!

Mix 107.3 was broadcast live from the Ritz by Tommy McFly– watch him turn the mic on these news babes here.

From TV Consumer Reporting to LushClick.com

Looking fantastic in a leather jacket and skinny jeans, long-time consumer reporter Elizabeth Manresa toasted the launch of LushClick.com last night with a rooftop party downtown.

And it was a ladies night… Kathleen Matthews, Brianna Keilar, Nancy Cordes, Pamela Brown, Alison Starling, Missy Edwards, Laura Evans, Rebecca Cooper, Susan Roberts, Pamela Sorensen and Rachel Cothran were all in attendance, sipping on pomegranate martinis and rose champagne. It was somewhat of a reunion for Manresa and friends from local channel 7 WJLA.

Manresa’s taking 17 years of reporting experience, at least 12 of which in consumer reports, to the web with this online magazine for women. LushClick will review products like wrinkle erasers, spray on panty hoses (in last night’s party bag) and even bras. Pregnant with twins, she says she’ll need something to do at home and consumer reporting is “in my blood.”

You may also recognize Manresa from CNN- she’s also covered politics for the cabler.

Morning Reading List, 12.18.07

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Good morning Washington. Don Rumsfeld resigned a year ago today and Brad Pitt, Keith Richards and Christina Aguilera all turn a year older today. (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio)

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | RADIO | WEST WING REPORTAGE | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

  • You think it is harder to write well as opposed to report well.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Legal Times announces the Lobbying Campaigns of the Year. Check out who made the cut.

  • Variety reports, “In the Wall Street Journal newsroom on Dec. 13, the day the paper officially became News Corp. property, Rupert Murdoch and new publisher Robert Thomson addressed hundreds of reporters who came loaded with plenty of questions. Murdoch understatedly acknowledged the ‘nervousness’ caused by his purchase of the privately run Dow Jones, and Thomson, rather enigmatically, cautioned, ‘While it’s right to be respectful of the past, these days it is certainly fatal to be haunted by history. He who stands still will be overrun.’”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Sun-Times Media Group Inc., hit hard by worsening newspaper industry conditions, said Friday that directors approved a plan that will reduce operating costs by $50 million in 2008 and involve layoffs.”

  • The Denver Post reports, “On the docket at the FCC this week is a rule that would allow newspapers and TV stations to buy each other, at least in larger markets. The rule would apply to the country’s top 20 markets (including Denver, No. 18). A proviso would prevent newspapers from buying any of the top four TV or radio stations, based on audience size. The FCC has been attempting to lift the restrictions on media consolidation for years and now is in a hurry to get it done Tuesday.”

  • Roll Call has more on Birdgate.

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “The stiffest penalty for the crimes Conrad Black and his henchmen committed while running the company now known as Sun-Times Media Group came down Friday, four days after Black received 6 1/2 years in federal prison and before Monday’s sentencing of his turncoat lieutenant, former Sun-Times Publisher F. David Radler. This punishment hit the very people trying to make a go of Black’s old scandal- scarred enterprise, seeking to overcome his crippling legacy at a time when even media companies not haunted by past criminal leadership are struggling.”

  • The New York Times reports,Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi photographer who had a hand in The Associated Press’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize for photography before being jailed without charges by the United States military, finally had a day in court last week. But his story, which highlights the unprecedented role that Iraqis are playing in news coverage of the war, is really just beginning.”

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  • For all of you journos heading to HDTV, maybe this should make your Christmas list. They now offer gift certificates! We kid because we love.

  • MarketWatch reports, “In the entertainment industry’s ongoing strike, getting writers back to work will require the two sides to make peace in cyberspace.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN will marshal its extensive resources and political expertise for wall-to-wall coverage of the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2008. Lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, along with Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs, will lead the network’s special coverage of the Iowa caucuses out of the new CNN Election Center in New York. Special programming will begin at 4 p.m. (ET) and run late into the night.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “Political reporters, as a rule, are an industrious band of road warriors who work hard to get people to speak on the record. But under deadline pressure, they sometimes succumb to the lure of the juicy quote dished out by operatives trying to damage rival candidates. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the practice.”

  • Also from Kurtz, “A handful of Mormon journalists have risen to national prominence, from the late muckraking columnist Jack Anderson to former CBS “Early Show” co-host Jane Clayson. And they make up a majority of the staff at Salt Lake City’s Deseret Morning News, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

  • DCRTV reports, “DCRTV hears from a 9er: ‘Tracey Neale (left) out, Leslie Foster (right) in.’ From another 9er: ‘Tracey Neale ‘relinquishes’ 6 PM and 11 PM anchor job at 9 to devote more time to adopted children. Leslie Foster gets 6 PM and 11 PM anchor slot.’ And another 9er: ‘Tracey Neale gone from 6 PM and 11 PM, Leslie Foster now anchors both shows and is consumer reporter. (New anchor) Anita Brikman is new health reporter.”

  • TVNewser reported yesterday, “Today comes word of the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winners in broadcast journalism, with NBC News and CBS News garnering honors.”

  • And, also from DCRTV, “DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Alison Starling is in the midst of negotiations for a new contract with the Allbritton ABC affiliate. The word is that she’s asking for more money. Duh”

  • B&C reports, “CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein signed a new four-year deal to remain at the helm of the TV-news operation, according to sources familiar with the situation. Klein will continue to report to Jim Walton, president of CNN/Worldwide.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • His Extremeness announced, “a huge milestone was reached today for Extreme Mortman — we passed over a unique million visitors for the year.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The title of most-visited online news site continues to be a hotly contested, with CNN, Yahoo News and MSNBC all vying for the throne. Last month, the CNN Digital Network had the largest unique audience in its 11-year history, according to Nielsen Online. The Time Warner-owned news source received nearly 33 million unique visitors, beating out Yahoo News and the MSNBC Digital Network, which had about 31 million and 30 million visitors, respectively.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “As painful as corrections are to journalists, the screw-ups they reflect do damage on a far greater scale to the news organizations they work for.”

  • The AP reports, “Online advertising jumped 25 percent this year, raking in a cool $20 billion, but Internet executives say that figure could have been even higher if advertisers had reliable and consistent ways to measure online audiences.”

  • Boston Globe reports, “The stated mission of Google Inc. is to ‘organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’ But media moguls from around the world converged on Harvard Business School recently to learn more about Google’s unstated mission which, as Harvard professor Thomas R. Eisenmann put it, is to ‘sell targeted advertising in every medium everywhere.’”

  • Portfolio tries to calculate, “What’s Drudge Worth?”

  • Newsmax.com reports, “The mainstream media have consistently treated Hillary Clinton with kid gloves, ignoring Clinton scandals and refusing to ask tough questions even as she seeks the presidency, charges Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Council.”

  • NewsFactor.com reports, “The common consensus in the media is that Google’s new ‘knol’ tool will be aimed squarely at Wikipedia, and in fact the sample Web page on display in Udi Manber’s blog post does bear some passing resemblance to a typical Wikipedia page. But other features suggest Google’s target is less Wikipedia than it is About.com.”

  • Wonkette reports, “Trusted Internet political bastion Right Wing News held its 6th annual Conservative Blog awards, and your Wonkette is a winner! Well, at least we placed. In the ‘Most Overrated Blog’ category, Wonkette tied with frienemy Redstate and something called Power Line for fourth place. Fourth place, of course, is the new first place, so huzzah for our internets!” Check out the full details of the contest here.

  • Gateway Pundit reports, “Its a Quagmire!… Media Reports 6 Bogus Stories in 6 Weeks!”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins reports, “David Gregory Does Battle With Talking-Point Dispensing Robot” (a.k.a Sen. Clinton).

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    RADIO

  • A CNN Radio release announced, “As 2007 comes to a close, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and CNN Radio are offering affiliates a special year-end review of the past 12 months – one minute at a time – and then in a two-hour special called ’2007 Rewind.’ Hosted by Blitzer, the two-hour ’2007 Rewind’ takes a look at some of the biggest stories of 2007 while moving some of the stories forward into the New Year. CNN journalists including Lisa Desjardins, A.J. Hammer, Ed Henry, Amanda Moyer, Miles O’Brien, Kyra Phillips, Jim Ribble, Larry Smith, Gary Tuchman and others will contribute to the program. The one-minute features, also anchored by Blitzer, examine the biggest stories of 2007 including such topics as the Virginia Tech shootings, the Minnesota bridge collapse, the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Barry Bonds, Michael Vick, Don Imus, Britney Spears, the California fires, drought, immigration and more.”

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  • Crain’s New York reports, “The auction for Karl Rove’s memoir drags on a month after the Republican strategist made the rounds of publishers with Washington power lawyer Robert Barnett at his side.”

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Matthew Felling fell victim to the cuts at CBSNews.com saying in an email, “It’s with mixed feelings that I share the information that — effective as of mid-afternoon last Friday — I have been let go at CBSNews.com in a ‘restructuring’ of the Interactive division.” TVNewser weighs in here.

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press has this to say on the Eye situation: “Today the Public Eye blog has a post by Brian Montopoli, current CBS political reporter and previous Public Eye co-editor with Felling, who, according to CBS interactive spokesperson Dana McClintock, will be ‘taking his spot.’ Though McClintock specifically denied that Public Eye was being eliminated, in an accelerating political season it seems unlikely that Montopoli would revert back to media criticism after deliberately switching beats — just as it seems unlikely that CBS would be hiring a replacement for Felling.”

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    JOBS

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Social Policy Reporter and an Economics and Finance Editor.

  • The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers.

  • Independent Agent Magazine is seeking a Managing Editor.

  • The News Leader is looking for a Sports Reporter.

  • Media Matters for America is looking for a Deputy Editorial Director.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Sales Coordinator, BusinessWeek (DC Bureau).

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Editor, All Things Considered.

  • Legal Times is seeking an Editorial Assistant.

  • NomadsLand is looking for a Video Producer.

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