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Keija Minor, Editor-in-Chief of Brides on Her Jump From Law to Publishing

keija-minor2Keija Minor has come a long way from her initial career as a corporate lawyer. This D.C. native left the world of law around 2003 and took a major pay cut to start over again as a magazine intern. Her leap of faith paid off: she’s now the editor-in-chief of Brides.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Minor discusses her vision for Brides, being inspired by artistic director Anna Wintour and how she transitioned from law to publishing:

How did you make the move from corporate law to magazines?
There is literally a book called What Can You Do With a Law Degree? that was sticking out on a shelf at Barnes & Noble, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s a sign!’ So I decided basically by the end of year two [of my job as a lawyer] that I needed to look for something else, and then it took a year to save a year’s worth of mortgage payments, with my theory being that I may be broke and not be able to eat, but I won’t be homeless. And I actually started taking [women's magazine] classes at Mediabistro. Once I made up my mind that that’s what I wanted to do, it was like this huge burden was lifted off my shoulders — I had five minutes of regret about two minutes after I left the firm.

To hear more from Minor, including what it’s like to be the first African American to hold a top position at Condé Nast, read: So What Do You Do, Keija Minor, Brides Editor-in-Chief?

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Anna Wintour Diva Tactics Get Squashed

Vogue Editor Anna Wintour was the last person to show up to the White House State Dinner last night.  This would make her, of course, fashionably late. Our spies tell us she had to take the long walk up the street as the Diva wasn’t allowed to be driven inside.  The only cars that drove straight inside where George Clooney, Harvey Weinstein, and the music acts. “Wonder if Anna wore her signature shades inside,” cracked Colin Drummond, our resident paparrazo. As you can see above, she at least removed them for a little while.

Update: And now the video in which Drummond asks, “Anna, is there such a thing as being fashionably late?” When she laughs it off, he replies she is, “just a little bit.”

Greta Makes Forbes “Most Powerful” List

Nestled right between JP Morgan Chase Asset Management CEO Mary Callahan Erdoes and GM’s Mary Barra on Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women List” is our very own Greta Van Susteren.  The FNC host was named #75 on the list of 100 top ladies from business, media, politics and entertainment.  Forbes credits Van Susteren’s power to unrivaled access to politicians, high cable news ratings and a rabidly loyal pack of supporters.

“The conservative newscaster is fast, fiery and often controversial, and her husband, John P. Coale, has served as an adviser to Sarah Palin,” says the profile.

Other journos on the list include Arianna Huffington at #32, #44 Christiane Amanpour, #47 Diane Sawyer, Ann Curry at #66, #69 Anna Wintour, and Tina Brown in the 81st spot.

You can check out the entire list here.

TNR’s Art and Literary Characters

TNR‘s Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier’s ears must have been burning up last night. Well before he arrived to The Phillips Collection to give a talk on a John Constable oil painting, colleagues gabbed about what a character he is – a few mentioned, for example, his penchant for blasting music at the office. One day it’s Rihanna, the next it’s opera.

Leon doesn’t disappoint. He shows up and people magnetically gravitate toward him. Or was it his hair? He has a spectacular head of shoulder-length, silky, white-gold fluff that makes him a stand-out in any crowd, but especially this well-coiffed, stylish mix.

“I don’t want that on WikiLeaks,” he deadpanned after I snapped his picture.

Later during the talk: “It’s very hard to peel back the familiarity of the work,” he tells a rapt audience stuck on his every word. “It’s a spiritual exercise. When you can do it, great things happen.”

The talk was part of TNR’s co-hosted After 5 dim sum party at The Phillips Collection. Chinatown’s Ping Pong catered the delectable cuisine with shrimp toast among its offerings. Also there to give a talk was the magazine’s Art Critic Jed Perl.

Perl, in from Manhattan, in a tailored brown corduroy blazer and skinny pants, is no slouch alongside Wieseltier. He’s thankfully game to dissect The Devil Wears Prada. He wrote for Vogue in the 80s and reminisced with FishbowlDC about what it was like to be Anna Wintour‘s Art Editor. “She was easy to work with,” he said, explaining she could be shy, not snobby. Of Meryl Streep’s character in the movie, he says, “She doesn’t just play icy bitch. It’s more complex than that.” And so is Wintour. He said she understood him perfectly, is “incredibly smart” and knew his ideal place within the publication. He surmised, “I think she gets a bum rap because she’s a woman. I have a deep respect for her.”

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Tim Gunn Dishes on D.C. With Capitol File

In the new issue of Capitol File, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn rags on the “Real Housewives of D.C.” and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. On a more serious note, says Publisher Sarah Schaffer, “he talks about his parents, his childhood and some fun memories of DC, plus his awkward youth—a bad stutter, dark moments—and how he taps into those feelings and experiences to help teens and those struggling now.”

Media Minxes Flock to Film Screening

Though many in the media were covering the death of Senator Kennedy on Wednesday evening, a few notables still made it out to a special screening of “The September Issue,” a documentary about Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

TWT‘s Green and Glover
tell us that among the sea of skin-tight cocktail dresses and sky-high stilettos were CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Fox 5′s Will Thomas, CNN’s Michelle Jaconi and NBC4′s Lindsay Czarniak. FNC Anchor Bret Baier‘s wife, Amy attended with Susanna Quinn wearing “matching little white numbers with cleavage practically up to their chins.”

Morning Reading List 08.25.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

In honor of DC’s Restaurant Week, we’re bringing back a little Patrick Gavin flavor. Photo above- what restaurant did FBDC dine at for lunch yesterday? Send us your guesses and we’ll share who go it right in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List. What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



Anna Wintour graced David Letterman‘s “The Late Show” yesterday.

VH1 has cancelled “Megan Wants a Millionaire” and “I Love Money 3,” both which featured dead murder suspect Ryan Jenkins.


We’re really hoping NPR keeps this feature… “Dumbest Story of the Week.” First up, the fuss over Michelle Obama’s “short” shorts.

ONLINE managing editor says long form journalism is not working online. (h/t BeetTV)


Readers Digest Association Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


The latest in publishing… books without jackets.


What is Kal Penn up to while everyone else at the White House is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard? NJ fills us in… he “has been given new busywork responsibilities like opening mail and answering Politico interview requests.”

And what do President Obama’s book picks say about him? Slate’s John Dickerson here.


Stars & Stripes: As more journalists seek permission to accompany U.S. forces engaged in military operations in Afghanistan, many of them could be screened by a controversial public relations firm contracted by the Pentagon to determine whether their past coverage has portrayed the U.S. military in a positive light.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 08.24.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Mike Memoli, who celebrated yesterday, Major Garrett and David Gregory. It is Restaurant Week in DC! What hot spots are you hitting up? What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



George Stephanopoulos traveled to the Grand Canyon for Sen. John McCain’s first interview since returning from Afghanistan and Iraq on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough did the roundtable on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this weekend, a week after Rachel Maddow‘s possible rating bump for the Sunday show.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” talked Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart.

The Daily Beast brings us the Top 7 Moments From Sunday Talk.

And a more abbreviated version from Marc Ambinder- the Sunday shows in seven sentences or less.

In other TV news, former Senator Rick Santorum called President Obama’s position on cable news “unprofessional” in an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record” with Greta van Susteren.


Is Helen Thomas on actually Twitter now? We’ll fill you in later on the blog.

Speaking of Twitter- do conservatives have the upper hand on Twitter? Some liberal bloggers say so.

CBS will interview Ezra Klein for the webcast’s “Unplugged, Under 40” segment this weekend- timely for Restaurant Week since among other things, Klein’s a foodie for WaPo online.

CraigsList has added 140 cities.

And Slate has introduced a new news aggregator.


Maureen Dowd: Is Anna Wintour human?


“I have specific instructions from the President for the press corps. He wants you to relax and have a good time. Take some walks on the beaches. Nobody is looking to make any news, so he’s hoping that you guys can enjoy Martha’s Vineyard while we’re there. And the second thing I’ll say is, of course the First Family would very much appreciate if you respect the privacy of the girls while they’re out here on vacation.” -Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, yesterday’s gaggle on Air Force One.


Howard Kurtz in today’s WaPo Media Notes: The debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media’s ability to untangle a complex story. In many ways, news organizations have risen to the occasion; in others they have become agents of distortion. But even when they report the facts, they have had trouble influencing public opinion.


“He didn’t want to go… He loved it, it was so much a part of him, it was his baby.” -”60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager on Don Hewitt‘s reluctance to give up the job at the age of 81 on yesterday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN.

“60 Minutes” also paid tribute to Hewitt on last night’s show.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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