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Overheard at the airport…

“Heard at DCA ‘will the owner of a loose chihuahua please return to the security checkpoint.’” — VP, Bureau Chief, NBC News Washington Bureau Antoine Sanfuentes. We can only hope the pooch was wearing this getup.

A writer and porn

“I bet porn consumption drops a lot during the #superbowl” — Washington freelancer and resident National Press Club troublemaker and crusader Sam Husseini (Husseini, who works for the Institute for Public Accuracy and blogs for washingtonstakeout.com, was briefly suspended from the club late last year for posing questions perceived to be inappropriate at a presser.)

Twitter Shame

“There needs to be a word for when you tweet something you think is really hilarious and nobody retweets it.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary.

Roger gets racy regarding Newt

“Does Newt know how to give good press or what?” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Editor makes predictions on Madonna’s nipples

“SuperBowl prediction. Madonna shows both nipples. She’s too competitive too let Janet Jackson beat her at her own game.” — Washington Life Exec. Editor Michael Clements.

The Media Critic

“CNN has is now broadcasting a live count of votes. It’s as exciting as it sounds.” — Reason Mag and TWT movie reviewer Peter Suderman.

Journos give Newt crap for a change

“Topics Newt needs to avoid to preserve the sanity illusion: himself, mitt, janitors, the moon, ‘historian’” — WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin. An observation on Newt…“Anyone else notice how much time Newt seems to have to read the papers?” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

A warning from The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox: “I better warn folks that I may not be able to experience this event ironically. Large groups of people sincerely singing can get to me.” (She attended a Rick Santorum campaign event in which attendees were saving seats with Bibles. Note her accompanying photograph.)

Journo Love

“[Bret Baier] does a great job responding to his Twitter critics, even gave them a voice on the air. Bet a lotta anchors blow ‘em off.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Passionate reactions to Komen segment on Reliable. Regardless of your view, of course the underlying issue in the flap is abortion.” — The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz. Really. The underlying flap is abortion?

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“LOL and ZOMG are the only two expressions you need to know to report or understand campaign coverage.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in an observation that could truly, easily be ignored.

 

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NBC Names Thorp House Producer

Antoine Sanfuentes and Ken Strickland recently announced that Frank Thorp has been promoted to House producer for NBC News.  Thorp has been working with the network’s Capitol Hill team as an off-air reporter and digital journalist since this summer.  He also contributed to NBC’s coverage of the debt/deficit showdown and their “Inside Congress” special.  Prior to that, Thorp worked as a bureau desk assistant, researcher for Tom Costello, and an all-purpose producer for the network in Haiti after the earthquake there last year.   Congrats to Frank!

Shawna Thomas Named NBC WH Producer

We’re a little tardy for the party on this announcement but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to congratulate NBC’s Shawna Thomas on her move from Capitol Hill to the White House.  NBC News Bureau Chief Antoine Sanfuentes announced the promotion late last week:

“It is my pleasure to announce that Shawna Thomas will be moving up Pennsylvania Avenue to become a White House Producer.  She joins our top-notch White House team, led by Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, to cover the Presidency.

On Capitol Hill, Shawna has done a terrific job reporting on the House of Representatives. She came to NBC News in August 2006 with a Masters from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.  Prior to producing on Capitol Hill, Shawna served as an NBC News Associate, Political Assignment Editor, and Digital Associate Producer.

On a personal note, I know that her sharp editorial judgment, keen eye for nuance, and straightforward likeability will make her a great success in this new role, so please join me in congratulating Shawna on this exciting next step!”

Better late than never…congrats to Shawna!

Leist Named NBC Senate Producer

The domino effect on promotions at NBC’s Washington bureau continues today as Libby Leist is named Senate Producer for the network.  Leist, a 10-year NBC vet and Senior Producer of “The Daily Rundown” will fill the void left by Ken Strickland who was recently promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief when Antoine Sanfuentes replaced Mark Whitaker as Washington Bureau Chief.  Whitaker, as you might remember, left NBC News to take a gig as Managing Editor for CNN Worldwide earlier this year.

Internal memo announcing Leist’s promotion after the jump.

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FishbowlDC Interview: NBC’s Antoine Sanfuentes

It was no shocker when NBC News announced that Antoine Sanfuentes would replace Mark Whitaker as their Washington Bureau Chief.  After all, Sanfuentes was already second in command. Perhaps the most astonishing part of the press release was found in the obligatory biographical information included in all HR announcements.  Surprisingly, Antoine’s career began as an intern for the same newsroom he now leads.  In 1990 he landed a desk assistant gig and within five years made his way to the White House as a senior producer.  Now 21 years after his humble beginnings as a D.A., Sanfuentes has become one of the network’s top executives.

“Everyone respects him because he rose up through the ranks, paid his dues, and understands this bureau and this network instinctively,” explained NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “For him to become bureau chief made perfect sense – he’s one of us.”

Guthrie describes Antoine as a leader with “razor-sharp competitive instincts” – a view shared by most everyone at the bureau.

“Antoine brings a no-nonsense, ‘make it work’ mentality to the newsroom. He is incredibly knowledgeable, clever and resourceful – the benefit of decades of experience,” said Guthrie.

But it’s more than the network’s on-air talent that feels the love for Sanfuentes.  It’s not unusual to find a D.A. hanging out in his office and he’s been known to keep in touch and offer career advice to former interns, long after they’ve completed their internships.

“Antoine is loyal, passionate and somebody who cares greatly about the future of NBC News in Washington and also the bureau’s employees – from the top talent to the midnight-shift maintenance worker,” said Luke Russert.

Besides the full, professional drum kit that resides in his office, Sanfuentes is the epitome of Washington newsman.

“Antoine’s heart is in the news business but his soul belongs to music. He’s an accomplished rock n’ roll and jazz drummer who may even show you his latest drum solo after a meeting about Capitol Hill coverage plans,” added Russert.

With such glowing endorsements, we couldn’t resist asking Antoine to do the FishbowlDC interview.  Read it after the jump.

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NBC News Names Strickland Dep. Washington Bureau Chief

Long-time Senate Producer Ken Strickland has been named Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.  The announcement was made this morning by Bureau Chief Antoine Sanfuentes.

In a memo announcing the promotion, Sanfuentes said of Strickland: “Ken knows this town and he knows this business.  I have great faith that his incomparable knowledge, sound editorial judgment, and keen creativity will keep NBC News at the forefront as we continue to evolve and better serve our viewers.”

Strickland has been with NBC News since April 1995, when he joined as an Associate Producer for “Dateline NBC.” He was promoted to White House Producer in 1997 and held that position for six years, before becoming the network’s Senate Producer in 2003.  Before joining NBC News, Ken worked for WKRN-TV in Nashville, WVTM-TV in Birmingham, and CNN in Atlanta. He has been the recipient of a Peabody Award, two regional Emmys, and an award from the National Association of Black Journalists.  Strickland’s first day in his the position is Monday, March 21st.

Congrats to Ken!

Memo from Sanfuentes after the jump.

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“MTP” Fetes New Press Rep

MTP's Adam Verdugo, Betsy Fischer and Erika Masonhall c/o WHCInsider

A group of Washington’s journos gathered for cordials and cupcakes at the home of “Meet the Press” (MTP) E.P. Betsy Fischer last night.  The cocktail party was held to welcome Erika Masonhall to the MTP team.  Formerly press secretary for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Masonhall is now the press representative for NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.”

In addition to network bigwigs like Fischer, Washington Bureau Chief Antoine Sanfuentes, David Gregory and NBC News President Steve Capus, some of the District’s top reporters were in the house to raise a glass to MTP’s press rep.  Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times, soon-to-be USA Today reporter Jackie Kucinich, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, Tammy Haddad, Roll Call‘s Jessica Brady and Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Manu Raju, and Keach Hagey all found their way out to Fischer’s Falls Church, Va. maison.

*Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, last night we learned the hard way that you should start a car more than once every three months to prevent its battery from dying.  R.I.P. battery and congrats Erika!

For more photos and info from the Masonhall fete, check out WHCInsider here.

Mike Allen, David Gregory and Antoine Sanfuentes c/o WHCInsider

Verdugo Named Senior Producer of MTP

New NBC Washington Bureau Chief  Antoine Sanfuentes and MTP E.P. Betsy Fischer announced today that Adam Verdugo has been named Senior Producer of  “Meet the Press.”  Memo announcing Verdugo’s big up below.  Congrats to Adam!

Please join us in congratulating Adam Verdugo, who will officially join Meet The Press as Senior Producer effective next week.

This will be a special return to MTP for Adam, who started his NBC career with the show as an intern. Since that time, we have seen Adam grow tremendously at MSNBC, honing his skills both in the field and in the edit room.  Most recently, Adam was on the campaign trail reporting on all of the big races across the country for NBC as a digital journalist during the midterms.  Adam’s abilities and love of politics will complement the talented MTP team and will help to make Meet The Press even stronger moving forward.

Congratulations, Adam

Antoine and Betsy

Sanfuentes to Replace Whitaker as NBC Washington Bureau Chief

Antoine Sanfuentes has been named Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, effective February 7, 2011.  Currently Deputy Bureau Chief, Sanfuentes will replace Mark Whitaker who is leaving the network to move back to New York for the newly-created position of managing editor at CNN Worldwide.

“Antoine’s inclusive management style combined with his expert knowledge and experience make him the ideal leader to guide the Washington Bureau into the next phase,” said NBC News President Steve Capus. “He is a true news producer through and through, with an outstanding dedication to integrity and professionalism in the field. He started his career in our DC newsroom and knows both the team and the political beat better than anyone.”

Sanfuentes began as an intern for NBC News while attending American University.  He landed a desk assistant gig at the Washington bureau in 1990 and climbed to senior White House producer within five years.  In his new role, Antoine will report to NBC News President Steve Capus and have oversight of all bureau management, administration, editorial affairs and “Meet the Press.”

Congrats to Antoine!

GWU to Address Journalism’s Future; On Panel: Jim Brady, Tina Brown, and Susan Page

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On March 29, journalism industry insiders will convene at Jack Morton Auditorium for an in-depth discussion of the “State of the Media 2010.”

EVENT: The revenue numbers for almost all American media companies are in great decline, and newer business models are struggling… This and other key findings of the Pew Research Center will be discussed in an afternoon conference at GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA). A panel will react to the report and the latest news coverage for a deeper appraisal of the state of American journalism. Frank Sesno, director of SMPA, will moderate, and Vivian Schiller, NPR’s president and CEO, will deliver a keynote address.

WHEN: Monday, March 29, 2010; 1 p.m.

WHERE: The George Washington University; Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW Washington, D.C.

WHO: Jim Brady, president, Digital Strategies, Allbritton Communications Company; Tina Brown, founder and editor-in-chief, The Daily Beast; Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today; Antoine Sanfuentes, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief, NBC News; Vivian Schiller, president and CEO, NPR (Keynote); Charlie Sennott, executive editor, GlobalPost

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public. To register, visit http://pejgwu.eventbrite.com. Media should RSVP to Emily Cain, eecain@gwu.edu.

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