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Dan Berman Will Join National Journal; Ben Pershing Promoted

National JournalDan Berman will be joining National Journal as an assistant managing editor, announced Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve today in a staff memo.

Berman most recently worked as the White House editor for POLITICO, and will now oversee coverage of Congress, the White House and policy for NJ.

“This is a great hire for us,” said Tim Grieve in the staff memo. “I know Dan’s skills first hand: He worked hand-in-hand with me in creating Politico Pro, first as Energy Editor and then as Deputy Managing Editor. In those roles, he was an energetic advocate for and creator of high-quality, high-impact journalism. And Dan has continued to be that kind of editor even as he’s grown through different positions in his post-Politico Pro life — first as Politico’s Money and Politics Editor and now as its White House Editor.”

Additionally, Grieve announced the promotion of Ben Pershing to editor of National Journal Daily.

“Dan will work very closely with Ben Pershing, who is taking on a big new role as Editor of National Journal Daily,” continued Grieve. “As many of you have heard, Sophie Yarborough is leaving us this month to take a new position at The Washington Post. We have asked Ben to take on the role of Editor of NJ Daily to lead the effort to reimagine the publication for a new era. Ben is a natural for this. He has worked wonders with our Congress team since arriving at National Journal earlier this year, and he’s a veteran journalist with a deep understanding of Congress and the kind of reporting that will have an impact inside the Capitol and around the country.”

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National Journal To Convene ‘The Day After’

Day After ConferenceJust hours after televisions turn off and computers shut down in Washington and across the country, National Journal will convene for “The Day After” midterms conference bright and early at 8:30 am on Wednesday, November 5th.

The four part event will feature three panels and a concluding conversation with National Journal political analyst and editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report Charlie Cook.

The morning will feature panels led by NJ senior political columnist and editorial director Ron Fournier, Washington editor Ben Pershing, and senior writer Michelle Cottle, to include former Senators Bob Bennett and Olympia Snowe; former Representatives Bud CramerMartin Frost, and Steve LaTouretteWhit Ayres, president, North Star Opinion Research; Jeffrey Forbes, founding partner, Forbes Tate; Celinda Lake, president, Lake Research Partners; Bill Pierce, SVP, APCO Worldwide; Heather Podesta, founder and president, Heather Podesta + Partners; and Ed Rogers, chairman, BGR.

The morning starts at 8:30 am and lasts until 11:30 am at the Ronald Reagan Building’s Atrium Hall. A full agenda can be found here. And it will be live streamed here. Media interesting in covering should make the ask to NJ’s comms director Jeff Cartwright at jeff@nationaljournal.com.

The event is underwritten by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and United Technologies Corporation.

Sen. Bernie Sanders at CNN & NJ’s Politics on Tap: ‘If I run, I will run to win’

20140916_190340-2Tuesday night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal reconvened for its second installment of “Politics on Tap.”

Headlining the evening was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who sat down with CNN’s “The Lead” host Jake Tapper and National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier to discuss a possible 2016 run for president.

“If I run, I will run to win,” declared Sanders. Read more

CNN and National Journal’s Politics on Tap with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Politics on Tap Invite-SEPT-v3ACNN and National Journal are back with their second installment of its Politics on Tap series, with this time, a focus on the upcoming midterm elections and the top issues facing candidates.

To start, CNN’s Dana Bash will sit down – brew in hand – with National Journal’s Congressional leadership reporter Tim Alberta and Washington editor Ben Pershing on the fight for control of the Senate as well as which races to watch. CNN’s Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier will then join Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to discuss the top issues of the cycle. Will he announce his candidacy for president (see this Washington Post article)? Who knows! Is an open bar event the perfect venue for him to do so? Definitely!

The invite has yet to go out, but we’ve posted it after the jump, RSVP dets omitted (sorry). It should go out later today or tomorrow, but should you not receive, try sucking up to your CNN and NJ friends to be added to the list. Read more

National Journal Hires Bob Moser and Ben Pershing

National Journal‘s Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve this afternoon announced internally the hiring of two editors, Bob Moser from the American Prospect as senior editor of the magazine and Ben Pershing as Washington editor to oversee NJ’s coverage of Congress and the White House.

See Grieve’s email to staff, after the jump.

UPDATE: An internal email sent minutes after our post also announced that Daniel Newhauser will also join National Journal as a Congress reporter.

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Ben Pershing Leaves WaPo

In a Facebook post today, Ben Pershing announced that he is leaving the Washington Post.

Hello everyone, I have some personal news to share. After six excellent years I have decided to leave the Washington Post. The decision wasn’t easy but I felt it was time to pursue a job covering national politics elsewhere. I will keep you all posted on my next move once it’s clear. My last day at the Post is Friday.

 

Ben Pershing Covered Bartlett Before It Was Cool to Cover Bartlett

America's Sweetheart, Frmr. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Image by Melina Mara/The Washington Post.

America’s Sweetheart, Frmr. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Image by Melina Mara/The Washington Post.

Before Tim Mak, before Jason Koebler -there was Ben Pershing. WaPo‘s Pershing was the one who kicked off the whole Roscoe Bartlett craze back in August of 2012 with his piece, “The survivalist: Roscoe Bartlett prepares for a threatened future.” For those keeping count, that’s three profiles in major DC pubs for the octogenarian from Western Maryland. Pershing didn’t actually score an interview with the Congressman for the story -Bartlett declined a one on one -but he was the first print journalist to highlight the now-famous cabin in the woods and the Congressman’s penchant for preparing for worst-case scenarios. But even Pershing wasn’t the first-first. Bartlett had already made appearances in two documentaries, Urban Danger and America’s Cities about the vulnerability of American cities to catastrophic events.

A lot happened between August 2012 and September 2013, when Mak’s piece came out. Bartlett lost re-election and moved to West Virginia full time. Thus one could argue that it was time for an update on how ole’ Roscoe was doing. Mak’s piece for the Washington Examiner filled that niche. Koebler’s profile for Politico Mag, however, still seems gratuitous.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — Inauguration aftermath

“Wow. CNN. Inaugration.” — CNN’s John King with the above photograph.

A nod to C-SPAN

@cspan easily wins the award for best Inaugural Parade commentary – by having none and just letting viewers enjoy it.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) Dep. Chief of Staff Doug Heye.

Michelle Obama’s bangs: Yay or Nay?

CNN’s Piers Morgan: “Am I allowed to not really like the bangs? I don’t really go for the bangs.” His colleague Erin Burnette disagreed: “I love them.”

Speaking of the first lady…

“Want. That. Coat.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Important Q to Ponder: “Has someone called Aretha Franklin’s hat for comment on Michelle Obama’s bangs?” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Uh oh. “Jon Stewart is going to have a field day with this inauguration coverage. #dailyshow” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Dance Twins

“Obama and I apparently have the same dance style. I don’t know who should be sadder about that. #inaug13″ — Mandy Jenkins, Interactives Editor, Digital First Media.

The Angry Blogger

“Why the hell has my phone kept ringing today? I offered commentary. Did I declare terrorist action on Washington and am unaware? Ph-ck!” — Washingtonian‘s Javonni Brustow, who also editor of ThePundit.com and a blogger for PopGlitz.

The Observers

  • “Pelosi got a cheer at 7th and Penn. Boehner and Cantor didn’t. Almost like this crowd is Dems. #Inauguration.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.
  • “Once again, some Republicans are ruining this day simply because they can. Please stop complaining. It’s not just abt you. It’s abt us all.” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
  • “Watching the Benediction WWR cannot help but think of the burden that any president must bear. No one can truly understand – except them.” — Paul Brandus of WestWingReports.

Speaker Boehner Crying Watch: “Speaker Boehner wiping his eyes after lunch prayer.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

Backhanded sarcastic compliment for CNN

“CNN winning the timefill before the parade with ‘how did you come up with those hats?’” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

 Is Fox News getting stale?

“What about Fox News’ viewers? Are they going to go along like sheep? They now have no network that represents their perspective on what seems to be a key issue for Obama’s second term. Is it time for a new Fox?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus in a short post on his view that Fox News is going too far left and has a stale lineup.

In case you care about POTUS’ limo: “The windows in the President’s limo are not tinted. It’s easy to see him when he drives by.” — Former White House Press Sec. and pundit Ari Fleischer.

ABC reporter has Inauguration version of Modern Seinfeld, a USA Today reporter takes an intense picture, HuffPost ladies pose with Paula Abdul and more… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

HBO’s Bill Maher: Mr. Sensitive

“Read the Declaration of Independence today – kind of complain-y in the middle, but the beginning and end really stand up.” — Bill Maher.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between White House Correspondent Jake Tapper and NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro. Shapiro is in London on a Pink Martini bus tour with singer and songwriter Storm Large. Tapper, meanwhile, is headed to Ohio with President Obama.

Tapper: “You chose London over a bus tour of Northern Ohio?”

Shapiro: “Something tells me this isn’t the last OH bus tour.”

Important Question to Ponder… “Why is Jennifer Hudson singing the Weight Watchers song at the Boston fireworks?” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

Happy 4th of July!

“And now, the Nat’l Symphony Orchestra and Marine Band join forces for ‘Call Me Maybe’ …” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.

“Nice to be away from dc crowds in wolfeboro nh to watch the fireworks by the docks. Beautiful.” — CNN’s Dana Bash.

“Dude, fuck this shit being in the middle of the work week.” — The X.D. Experience (not a D.C. journo but nonetheless funny).

“Almost irony – getting yelled at to ‘move along’ by cop @14 & Indep. for crime of asking directions to bike path. #IndependenceDay” — Derrick Perkins, reporter and photog for Alexandria Times.

Derecho Storm Fallout Complaint Desk

“Pepco PTSD: The fireworks tonight sound like thunder. Chilling.” — Kiplinger‘s Ken Bazinet.

“Is there anything else I should be doing @VerizonSupport?” — NBC Washington’s Jim Long. More from Long: “I need to accept that this is the week of things not working #fb”

“About to start day 6 without power.” — RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer.

“On day 6 of no power, #Pepco changes our status from ‘no crew assigned yet’ to ‘your outage has not been reported’ – not cool. @WTOP” — D.C. and Baltimore-based journo Carolyn Procter.

Oh?

“Don’t like millimeter wave machines so opted for pat down at airport. They stick their fingers inside your waistband now!” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Garance Franke-Ruta.

 

Separated at Birth: NJ’s Yochi Dreazen

This afternoon we’re pairing NJ‘s Yochi Dreazen with WaPo‘s Ben Pershing. The hair, the eyes, the eyebrows, they could easily pass for brothers.

 

 

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