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During yesterday’s press conference on current events in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo., President Barack Obama took three questions for the White House press corps, including one from ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton.
Before asking her question, President Obama said, “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but also a pleasure to get to know. I just want to say, publicly, Ann, we’re going to miss you. We’re very proud of the extraordinary work you’ve done, and we hope you’re not a stranger around here…I expect you might get some cake at some point.”
Asked by the ABC News-er whether he had plans to travel to Ferguson, the president replied, “I have to be very careful about not prejudging these events before investigations are completed.”
Compton is set to retire September 10, 41 years to the day after she joined the network.
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ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton will leave her role with the network and retire on Sept. 10, POLITICO Playbook reported this morning. Her final day marks 41 years with the network, covering seven presidents.
Disney/ABC Television Group co-president Ben Sherwood offered Mike Allen for his morning newsletter, “Our first reaction when she shared the news: ‘Say it ain’t so.’ Our next: ABC News has been blessed every single day since she first walked in the door in 1973. We love her, we thank her, we wish her the very best, and we know she’s going to have a blast with Dr. Hughes and her wonderful family. She will always have a home in our White House booth and ABC News.”
At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.
The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.
The Washington Press Club Foundation will award ABC News Radio’s White House correspondent Ann Compton its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner on Feb. 5 here in Washington. The WPCF was founded in 1919 to ensure that women established an equal place in the newsroom. Their dinner this year will hosted by CNN’s Brianna Keilar and feature speeches from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).
From the press release:
Ann’s award-winning career in journalism, almost exclusively at ABC News, has brought her into the center of countless major news stories. Compton has covered national historic events and has reported on seven U.S. presidents. But to her fellow colleagues,Ann is known to always be willing to extend a helping hand. She has served as a generous mentor to scores of young journalists, graciously imparting her experience and wisdom so others can share in the success of a story well reported.
Congratulations Ann, from all of us here at FishbowlDC!
As the clock struck 5:16 p.m. Wednesday, the email blast arrived. Or rather, Kurt Bardella, one of the star monsters in NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s summer blockbuster, This Town, had risen from the ashes or the lava (Hollywood will figure out the proper visual). Meet Washington’s latest entrepreneur. Meet the town’s former Washington insider, the headline blared. Bardella is starting his own strategic communications firm, strategic being the key word, in that he gets to chose his own “adventure.”
Within mere moments, Politico‘s Jake Sherman, whose own emails may have leaked their way to Leibovich’s inbox for the book via Bardella’s untrustworthy fingertips, tweeted the news. And there Bardella was: out there in the aftermath of a book that would make him both famous for Washington and as infamous as one of the book’s other main characters, Tammy Haddad.
Back in April, I was in the grips of yet another White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party, not Tammy’s to which I’d been pointedly not invited. This one, an unusual warehouse party in Georgetown thrown by National Journal. I didn’t notice a whole lot of White House correspondents outside of ABC’s Ann Compton. One of the more interesting details about the party was that the toilets on the main floor were malfunctioning, so attendants stood outside the restrooms telling guests that they’d have to wait. Or better yet, they’d have to fight their way upstairs to the V.I.P. floor to use the commode. Upstairs, the smell of urine wafted into the hallway.
Back downstairs, I ran into Bardella who had flopped into an easy chair on the far side of the room. I’d known Kurt since his days in Rep. Brian Bilbray‘s (R-Calif.) office and had always enjoyed our interactions and found him helpful. By this point, it was well known that Bardella would figure into Leibovich’s book. So I asked him about it. Was he nervous, worried? Would he be embarrassed? While he wouldn’t comment at all on the record, he indicated that he might at a later point and went into a myriad of thoughts I can’t repeat because of our off the record agreement. But one thing I was instantly struck by was Bardella’s ultra-relaxed manner about the whole thing. He knew this was coming. Everybody knew this was coming. And his body language screamed that he didn’t have a care in the world about it.
Fast forward seven months, here we are at Bardella 2.0. Or is it 3.0.? The “2″ might’ve been when his former boss, House Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), temporarily fired him in February, 2011, and he went to work for The Daily Caller while simultaneously writing op-eds for Politico, the publication that got him fired in the first place for leaking those emails to Leibovich for his book. It was Editor-in-Chief John Harris who spoke with Issa and pushed him on whether his own reporters’ emails or phone calls had been improperly shared.
At the time, in a Sunday letter to Issa, Harris wrote, “The practice of sharing reporter e-mails with another journalist on a clandestine basis would be egregiously unprofessional under any circumstances,” Harris wrote. “As the editor-in-chief of POLITICO, my concern is heightened by information suggesting that POLITICO journalists may have had their reporting compromised by this activity.”
ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton celebrates her 40th anniversary at ABC News today. First hired by ABC News in 1973, she became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network TV news organization. She was among the youngest to receive the assignment. “The age 40 may be the new 30, but 40 years on the job is not the new 30,” Compton told FishbowlDC in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Still, any way you look at it, it’s impressive, and her anniversary is getting quite a reception. President Obama commemorated the occasion by presenting her with a cupcake during a rare off-the-record visit to the press cabin just before landing from Russia on Friday. Now we take a moment to delve deeper into a Washington journalism career that has spanned more than four decades. Let’s hope she has big secrets to disclose.
1. How far have women in journalism come, really? When I came and was the first television reporter assigned full-time here, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I went around to aides office just to introduce myself…they could remember who I was because I was the only one wearing a skirt. Every pooler on Air Force One is a woman. Every seat is filled with a woman. In a lot of ways the gender barrier has been well broken here.
1 a. Looking back to when you started, what was the first “big” story you were assigned to? When I arrived at the White House, Vietnam was coming to an end and I remember sleeping here in a booth overnight. The press room didn’t lock overnight because at any moment that last helicopter could take off from the American embassy in Vietnam. It was a time of tremendous drama. That was the most important [story]. I came at a time when we didn’t have email or 24 hour a day newscasts. What I miss the most is we had hours during the day when we could go out to report. We were not tied to a keyboard. One of the losses is the time to report has been shrinking even though time on the air has expanded. Read more
ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton is seen here in Ann Hand jewelry she said she needed to get restrung for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend. She was spotted at the National Journal “Making the News” party Friday night at The Powerhouse bar in Georgetown.
Of course, Compton was seen in the V.I.P. section upstairs.
By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein
National Journal‘s pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Making News” party Friday could easily go down as one of this year’s nicest, most well-planned parties in the coolest warehouse space we’ve seen in awhile. And maybe it will if attendees forget that for a large portion of it, the restroom for hundreds of guests was out of order.
That’s right. There was one toilet available for the entire warehouse full of partygoers, and the top floor, which contained the toilet, was for V.I.P.’s only.
“That’s hood,” one attendee waiting outside the restroom remarked about the potty problem. “Poopgate, drink slowly,” said another, explaining that one employee advised him to pace himself. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy approached the first-floor restroom area, he was told he could not enter. “How long do you think?” he asked the woman standing guard. “Alright, I’ll let it go.” (We sincerely hope he held it in, not let it go.) Another partygoer cracked, “All these people are going to have to piss on themselves. This might be the shortest party ever.”
The attendant said she had people requesting buckets and cups.
The party took place at the two-story bar in Georgetown called The Powerhouse. It was on the bottom floor where they stationed event workers in front of the hall leading to the restroom, alerting guests from about 10 p.m., when the party started, to about 11:30, that the toilets weren’t working. Only that one VIP restroom upstairs was available. But without one of the exclusive red wristbands, how were most of the guests going to relieve themselves?
“If it gets too bad we’ll have to open up the VIP area,” said NJ Communications Director Ben Fishel at the time.
At one point a team of men carrying what looked like… Read more
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