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Quotes of the Day


WaPo‘s Richard Leiby: “Cleaning old desktop files, I found this photo. LBJ swore his dogs liked the ear-lift. Press corps demanded proof, so he showed ‘em. Innocent times. Today someone in the White House would be subpoenaed to produce the beagle’s vet bills.” Leiby is relocating to Islamabad where he’ll be the Bureau Chief.

Simply heartwarming

“How could they not LOVE the ween?” — Traci Nobles, a cheerleading coach with whom ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) sexted, reacting to Weiner telling her that his in-laws wanted him to become Muslim. Excerpts of her new book “I Freinded You” are being published by MailOnline. It gets worse. Particularly disturbing is the part of the excerpt where she talks about sexting Weiner when he changed his avatar to that of his young niece. Nobles writes, “It felt strange to dirty talk with a toddler looking back at me. I was distracted by the photo of his niece; it felt weird, not so sexy.” Readers you have to see this.

FNC’s Bill O’Reilly opens up to Politico

Let your mother know how much she means to you in the form of a haiku. “My mother is 88. She isn’t into haiku. She knows I am looking out for her.” — FNC’s Bill O’Reilly partakes in Patrick Gavin‘s “Answer This” interview. Find out about his happy childhood here.

9-9-9 Branding

“Cosi cashier on my $9.99 lunch: “What d’ya know — 9-9-9!” #branding” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Oopsie! This week The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack appeared on FNC’s Neil Cavuto program. The host, a sub named Eric, got momentarily confused and called him John Cusack (we presume after the actor). He quickly corrected himself.

A belated Happy Birthday to… Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney. Her birthday was yesterday.

Journo gets ready to sweat

“Currently psyching myself up to do P90X abs. 15mins that leave me sweatier than Hank Williams Jr. in a… well, anywhere.” — The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry. We have to wonder, was he inspired by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)?

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The FishbowlDC Interview With WJLA TV Reporter Mike Conneen

Say hello to WJLA TV Reporter Mike Conneen. Born in Naperville, Ill., he grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colo. He’s the youngest of five children. Two siblings went into banking, like his father.  Two became teachers, like his mother.  Conneen is the lone reporter. He has worked for KUSA, KNAZ/KPNX, KXRM and now WJLA. He is preposterously torn about who he wants to play him in a movie should James Cameron come calling. On one hand, he thinks Neil Patrick Harris is the right fit. On the other, it’s Jane Lynch all the way. We most recently heard Lynch portray one of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) online sexting partners in a dramatic reading on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” with Maher playing Weiner. We’re convinced that this Lynch is not the role Conneen is conjuring in his mind. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Diet soda. I drink it like a fish.

How often do you Google yourself? Do Google alerts count?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “Really???” See below.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Mike Allen makes me aware. Jake Tapper makes me watch. Jeanne Moos makes me laugh.

Do you have a favorite word? “Really?” It’s like speaking Chinese. The slightest difference in tone can create completely different meanings.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Really.”  It can get really annoying. My brother, Andy, says it a lot too. Really.

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Dinner with Chris Wallace. Drinks with Chris Matthews.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Carney can talk and drive, and clean up his own messes. Sorry, Bo.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Twisted Nerve” – the whistle song from “Kill Bill.”

Crying in the workplace? Conneen has done it. Find out why…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Bloomberg’s Health Care Reporter Anna Edney

Say hello to Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney. Born and raised in Bowie, Md., she is a health care reporter for Bloomberg. Her resume informs that she has worked at a number of insidery Washington publications. They include Congress Daily, NJ, FDA Week, Inside Washington Publishers and the Washington Examiner. Her colleague, Sophia Yan, describes her like this: “Anna’s fun, sweet, full of surprises and incredibly tough. I think she’s an incredible woman.” Tough is right. While Edney’s press experience may sound wonky, you might not want to cross her. She once got a teacher fired for selling crack. Carry on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Orange Fanta

How often do you Google yourself? When I want to see my dog you awarded “Most Beautiful” in the FishbowlDC’s DogBowl 2010, so a lot is the answer.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t think of anything awful I’ve said.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Christopher Hitchens. What’s not to love?

Do you have a favorite word? humdinger

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Chris Matthews

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? I’d choose Bo. I’m obviously a dog person.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Glacial groove

When did you last cry and why? Ha, no way.

What word do you routinely misspell? Occasion

What swear word do you use most often? fuck

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? A farmer.

Our last interviewee, Fake Jim VandeHei, has an important question for Edney after the jump…

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DogBowl 2010: The Winners (of sorts)

Dear Readers,

Last week, a post that was intended to be one post and one dog surprisingly blew up into DogBowl 2010 with five posts, five days and 46 pretty adorable dogs including a ferret (we know, he was a questionable entrant into the contest). Today we award superlatives to some of the pooches who jumped out for one reason or another (at least one of you literally). Thank you to all for playing and for sharing your beautiful animals. A special note of thanks to my secret consultants for helping me devise some of the superlatives.

– FishbowlDC Management

Future Movie Star: Tchotchke. Belongs to D.C. Photog Stacy Viera.


Most beautiful: The late Shaggy belonging to Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney.


Sports fan: Gizmo and Neepa. It’s a tie. The owner of Gizmo is Qorvis’s Jessica Baer. The owner of Neepa is Patch reporter Amy Kovac-Ashley. They win for obvious reasons.

Most in need of the Dog Whisperer: Alvin – Throughout the contest we’ve known he has anger issues. When I initially met Alvin, a Fox Terrier, at the corner of Connecticut and R in Dupont Circle he jumped on me and nearly knocked me to the ground. Despite the obvious aggression, he’s quite likable and curious about everything in his midst. He has yet to go to the dog park because he despises other dogs and growls in their presence. “He’s going to play with them or he’s going to kill them,” says Alvin‘s owner, Washington Examiner contributing film critic Andy White. Now this part is genuinely upsetting — White believes he was abused at the shelter where he found him in New Jersey. This weekend White’s hiring a real life Dog Whisperer for $250 an hour. We want updates.

Cutest Dog in Washington: Dexter von Frisch – There’s something to be said about sticking with an original choice. Dexter, who belongs to Media Matters Contributor Karl Frisch, is absolutely undeniably sweet and is the hands down winner of this contest. Born on Aug. 1 in Midland, Va., he weighs 12 pounds. We met on the Starbucks patio where he began to slightly shiver from the cool fall day. Frisch said it was his first walk ever this far from Kalorama to Dupont – he stopped midway and refused to budge. Frisch carried him the rest of way and assured him they’d be taking a cab home. Here we see him logging on to FishbowlDC to see how he’s faring in the contest. Congratulations Dexter. You won.

Most Likely to be Sold on the Black Market as a Stuffed Animal: Penny. The Goldendoodle (part Golden Retriever, part Poodle) belongs to Politico‘s Dan Hirschorn who recently moved here from Pennsylvania. Penny is new to town too having gotten here just a week ago. We met Penny on the Starbucks patio off Dupont Circle Wednesday morning. The dog, of course being ridiculously cute, is prone to a ton of stranger attention. A woman soon approaches and starts inquiring about her. She says, “She doesn’t like me.” No, no, assures Hirschorn, explaining that Penny is initially shy. But au contraire. Shortly thereafter, Penny licked the woman’s hand and began sniffing at her crotch. As he said, not so shy.


Most mischievous: The armpit dogs, George and Leroy, belong to AP producer Lila Ibrahim.


Most likely to lie about his/her measurements on OkCanine.com: Charley, belongs to BBC Correspondent Katie Connolly. (And we’d believe her. She looks so earnest.)


Best Face for Radio: Winston. His owner is Jeffrey Donald, who flacks for USEC in Bethesda.


Most likely to hump Robert Gates’ dog at the dog park: Duffy, a toy Schnauzer puppy who belongs to Mimi Johnson and TBD’s Steve Buttry. Cute, sure. But just looks like he’s up to no good.  


Cindy McCain Chemistry Award – for the Sedated Look: Piper (New nickname: “Dishwasher Dog.”)  Just hanging out on the dishwasher waiting to be washed.

Prettiest coat: Cooper – this regal pup belongs to my partner in crime, FBDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic. Face it, the dog just oozes beauty and sophistication in that fur coat.


Most likely to have an on again off again relationship with Bo Obama – This award goes to Washington Examiner‘s White House correspondent Julie Mason‘s Australian Cattle dog, Gomez. We hear he got into some trash talking online with Cooper (above) during the contest.


The Model: Piper. Belongs to CNN senior booker Stephanie Kotuby. She looks as though she watches Tyra religiously in the afternoons. You go girl.


Your Friend in D.C., the Dog (Part IV)

It’s day four of DogBowl 2010. We have several more spectacularly cute canine contestants to show you from scribes, media types and flacks around town. We know some of your dogs are getting rambunctious about wanting into the contest. Especially some pooch named Alvin. We’ll accommodate them. In the meantime, a long walk in the woods won’t hurt.

Time is running out. We believe that today is the final day of submissions. Send them to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or directly to FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

Carolyn McLean Robbins, a luxury lifestyle reporter covering AOL Travel, wrote in to promote her pup, but also to trash talk another contestant bearing the same name as her dog: “I saw the cutest dog post today and had to nominate Deacon. Mostly because he’s wayyy cuter than that OTHER Deacon on the list but also because I don’t think that any of the other dogs on here can say that they write their own blog.” Meet Deacon #2 below.

> Update #1: Time‘s Jay Newton-Small insists she has “THE coolest pooch  in town.” Meet Bella below. Photo credit: Time‘s Deputy Photography Editor Paul Moakley.

> Update #2: Brandon MacGillis, Comm officer for Pew Environment Group, thinks his French Bulldog Samantha is the winner. Meet Samantha below.

> Update #3: AP Producer Lila Ibrahim is the proud mom of Bassets George and Leroy. She says this is the photograph that will “clinch the competition.” We’ll see… Meet George and Leroy below.

> Update #4: Anna Edney with Bloomberg introduces us to her beloved Shaggy, a German Shepherd. “He’s so cute, I figured I’d enter him even though he passed away of a brain tumor at 6 last year. He was the love of my life.”

In Memory of Shaggy…

> Update #5: AP Television Senior Producer Tracy Brown writes in: “Couldn’t  have you thinking that Ibrahim is the only one at AP Television who has dogs (even if what they do should be done behind closed doors …)  Take a peek at my crazy Labradoodle Charlie and I’m sure you’ll find he has a charm of his own.  He does have a tendency to want to look people in the eye.” Meet Charlie below.

> Update #6: Readers, we have a long day ahead of us of pooches. Here comes Tchotchke from D.C. Photog Stacy Viera.  She says we can use the dog picture for the purposes of the contest only. He’s cute and all, but we weren’t going to sell him or anything. Meet Tchotchke below.

> Update #7: Meet Ike. His owner is Tammy Gordon, a food blooger who writes FloridaGirlinDC who lives in Cleveland Park neighborhood of D.C. She insists Ike is the winner of DogBowl 2010.

> Update #8: TBD Community Host Lisa Rowan says her dog is top dog “because I feel that Sgt. Friday here beats everyone in the size category.”

> Update #9: MSNBC Political Analyst and Democratic pundit Karen Finney says, “Let’s end the debate here and now.  My dog Mabel is THE cutest ever.” Meet Mabel.

> Update #10: We’ve made Alvin wait long enough. He’s apparently now angry, and we don’t want him getting rabid on us. His owner, Andy White, a New Media Strategist for Bully Pulpit Interactive/AKPD. White says Alvin (below) is listening to speeches at the recent Rally to Restore Sanity.

> Update #11: Watch out. A fierce competitor is upon us. Meet Abby. She belongs to Laura Cavender, who doesn’t quite fit the FishbowlDC profile but we’re letting it slide. Cavender is Comm. Director at U. Penn. She says Penn’s Prez is Chair of President Obama‘s Bioethics Commission. Fine, close enough.

CongressDaily’s Edney to Bloomberg

This just in from Anna Edney:

“Hi everybody – I started a new job at Bloomberg this week covering
health care. I’m part of a new venture that will report on the
intersection of government and business. Unfortunately, that’s all I can say about it at the moment, but I look forward to continuing working with you guys. I will begin reporting again very soon so please update my contact info.
My e-mail is BLANK.
My office phone is BLANK and my cell is the same as always
BLANK.
Thanks!
Anna Edney
(formerly with CongressDaily)”

NJ Journos are Available — Like Brown’s Daughter

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Atlantic Media Political Director Ron Brownstein (shown above) uttered profound words Thursday night at National Journal’s swank party at the Watergate Hotel’s University Room, where a host of NJ scribes convened to strut their stuff for bookers.

“The bar is open, the most important words in politics,” Brownstein announced. After speaking for a little while, he remarked, “I feel like sitting here I’ve already completed more consecutive words than on “Hardball” without interruption.”

The party was intended for bookers to see potential on-air talent, so the joke of the night was that NJ reporters were “available”, like Sen-elect Scott Brown’s daughters.

Sitting in a row on stools, several scribes had a chance to introduce themselves and talk briefly about what he or she does on a daily basis.

At one point talk turned to the state of the Democratic Party in Congress. CongressDaily’s Erin McPike said a “forensic examination” was going on. The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Walter chimed in, “More like a colonoscopy.” And Brownstein: “More like an autopsy.”

The parade of introductions continued:

NJ finance reporter Bill Swindell: “I’m paid to follow Barney Frank around.”

CongressDaily health care reporter Anna Edney: “It does feel like the last year of my life has gone down the drain with this race in Massachusetts.”

In attendance besides NJ people? CNN’s Sam Feist, CBS News Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Christine Delargy, Early Show senior producer Kerri Forrest, Tammy Haddad, who helped organize the event, Hilary Rosen, and producers for CNN’s Larry King.

The party was swarming with NJ scribes from CongressDaily and The Hotline such as The Hotline’s TV Editor Abby Livingston and Wake Up Call’s Maura O’Brien. Additionally, there was Hotline Executive Editor John-Mercurio, U.S. House reporter Rich Cohen, Reid Wilson, Marilyn Werber Serafini, Dan Friedman, Darren Goode, Shane Harris, Margaret Kriz Hobson, John Maggs, Tim Sahd and David Wasserman. In addition, NJ’s Spokesman David Miller and executive assistant Meredith Nettles.

No one from FNC or MSNBC showed, which was noteworthy considering they book so many guests.

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Also Happening Last Night… DistrictFile 2.0 Launch, “Recession” Book Party


Peter Mirijanian, Capital Corp’s Tom McMillen and Venable’s Tom Quinn at last night’s DistrictFile 2.0 launch party at the Canadian Embassy. Photo courtesy of DistrictFile.

• Over 300 people were at the Embassy of Canada last night for the DistrictFile 2.0 launch party. DistrictFile is the invitation-only social networking website for political and media professionals and they’ll unveil a new platform, 2.0, next week.

The Hill‘s Kate Oczypok, Fox’s Katy Adams, Congress Daily‘s Anna Edney, NJ‘s Sara Jerome and GregsListDC’s Greg O’Neil were among those repping the media, according to last night’s party planners.

• We can’t be everywhere so while FBDC was at the Ritz with Zac Efron and Claire Danes, we let our friends at Politico cover the “recession book party.” The Weekly Standard threw Matt Continetti a book party to celebrate “The Persecution of Sarah Palin.” Check out Click’s coverage here.

Happy Birthday To…

Shira Toeplitz! Friends of the Roll Call reporter gathered at Johnny’s Half Shell last night to celebrate.

In attendance: Erin McPike, Elizabeth Brotherton, Ali McSherry, Jessica Brady, Kasie Hunt, Carrie Dann, Anna Edney, John McArdle, Lauren Whittington, Tricia Miller, Reid Wilson, Jared Allen, Alex Isenstadt, Doug Heye, Alex Reese, Shannon Flaherty, Don McGahn, Eric Schultz, Ryan Rudominer, Paul Lindsay, Joanna Burgos, Kara Sidone, Lenny Alcivar, Alex Conant, Amber Wilkerson, Mark Paustenbach, Brendan Martin, Rodell Mollineau, Chris Perkins and Phil Musser.

A friend of the blog points out “there was flack representation from all six campaign committees!”

Taking Out the Trash

Editor & Publisher reports NYT’s private jet is up for sale. Any takers?

Speaking of planes, Roll Call reported earlier today that Sen. David Vitter caused quite the scene at the airport last week, joining what Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton called the “Mile-Low Club.” Their tipster who witnessed the scene said Vitter arrived late to the gate and, “Undeterred, Vitter opened the door, setting off a security alarm and prompting an airline worker to warn him that entering the gate was forbidden… employing the timeworn “do-you-know-who-I-am” tirade that apparently grew quite heated.” But Vitter says it isn’t so. He tells the Times-Picayune that report was “overstated” and says “I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be.”

Is Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly responsible for a dip in GE stock? Find out here.

Even more former IWP’ers have been brought to our attention today: CongressDaily’s Megan Scully, Darren Goode, Anna Edney and Chris Strohm, Roll Call’s CongressNow’s Steve Langel, Salon’s Mark Benjamin and last, but certainly not least, Dow Jones Newswires’ Martin Vaughan.