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Roll Call Adds New, Deep Voice to HOH

For the past 13 months, Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” column has rotated reporters in and out like pay-per-hour guests at a Daytona Airport Travelodge.   In July of 2010, Emily Heil checked out for a gig in Features, leaving Beth Brotherton with newbie Ali McSherry.  After Brotherton dropped a few bucks on the nightstand this February, McSherry spent long, cold nights alone at Hotel HOH until she too packed her bags in March.  Because McSherry’s departure left the column at 0% occupancy, Heil returned for a few cheap thrills until Neda Semnani arrived in May.  You get the point.

But Semnani’s solo summer is soon coming to an end when “Heard on the Hill” welcomes lucky number 5 to its roster of writers since last year.  The new voice of HOH isn’t exactly what you’d expect – partly because it sounds like John Stanton (deep and low) saying things like ‘duck confit,’ ‘pomegranate reduction,’and ‘foie gras.’  But mainly because, at first blush, Warren Rojass CV doesn’t scream Cap Hill gossip columnist.

Currently the Dining Editor at Northern Virginia Magazine, Rojas will walk away from five years of free meals and booze to join HOH next week. Scratching your head yet?  Yeah, thought so. But despite the fact that he’s spent half a decade mingling with the region’s culinary culturatti, I’m betting big on Rojas. Prior to his 60-month food coma, Warren spent nearly seven years at Tax Analysts where he worked as an investigative and Cap Hill reporter for the organization’s publication, Tax Notes.

“I never aspired to be the world’s best tax reporter,” said Rojas.  “When I left for Northern Virginia Magazine, I was completely burnt out on tax policy.  But I’ve missed the investigative side of that position.”

Rojas won’t completely dismiss his foodie foundation for the new job.  In addition to HOH, he’ll pick up restaurant reviewer duties for the paper – a somewhat perfect synthesis of his eclectic experience.  As for “Heard on the Hill,” Rojas says it’s all about accountability.

“We’re going to shine a light on each individual Member of Congress,” Rojas told FishbowlDC.  “It shouldn’t come as a surprise when a member self destructs on Facebook or if their Twitter feed explodes.”

Warren Rojas begins at Roll Call next week. Until then, he’s keeping a low photo-less restaurant reviewer-style profile but you can follow him on Twitter here.

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Roll Call Loses Heil to WaPo

Roll Call is losing one of their finest reporters to the Washington PostScott Montgomery announced to the newsroom tonight that Emily Heil is leaving the publication after more than four years to join WaPo’s national staff, where she will work with Al Kamen on the “In the Loop” column.

In an email announcing her departure, Emily said “It’s been an honor to be part of Team Roll Call. More than colleagues, you have been fierce friends, co-conspirators, mentors, sounding boards, and inspirations.”

Heil joined Roll Call in early 2007 to take over the “Heard on the Hill” franchise. She penned the column for three and a half years with Anna Palmer as a co-pilot and later, with Beth Brotherton.   Congrats to Emily and to WaPo!

Y & N’s Katy Adams Toasted at Teatro

Vino flowed for Katy Adams at Teatro Goldoni on Friday evening. The newest writer to take the reins of the Examiner‘s “Yeas and Nays” column was celebrated by nearly two dozen media types with a lovely three-course dinner hosted by Janet Donovan. In attendance were WBJ‘s Jennifer Nycz-Conner, Nick Massella, Brendan Kownacki, Human Events editor Emily Miller, Roz Plater and Maureen Ume of Fox 5, Roll Call‘s Beth Brotherton and Ali McSherry, Examiner’s Jacque Bland, Mary Bird, Amy McLean of CTIA and of course, Katy’s partner in crime – Nikki Schwab.

The hot topics: Glenn Beck’s weekend rally (Schwab and Miller hashed it out), Donovan’s consumer electronics woes (TiVo, DVD TV setup), and Nikki Schwab’s new “do,” as in hairdo – Schwab treated herself to a little makeover at the Red Door Salon that day.

Journos Race… And Not Just For a Good Story


Photo from the National Press Club website.

Nearly 700 runners and walkers- including Roll Call‘s Beth Brotherton, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, AP’s Erica Werner, TWT‘s Jen Haberkorn and CBS’ Laura Strickler- came out for the 12th annual National Press Club’s race Saturday.

Funny enough, the race’s course went right by Freedom Plaza where tea party protestors were gathering Saturday. NPC runners joked about how much “free press” the protest was getting because of the 5K.

Of the DC media teams, E and E Publishing took first place, followed by Roll Call in second and McGraw-Hill in third. Teams from ABC News, Reuters, Army Times, Aviation Week and Hearst all also participated. And Roll Call‘s Jessica Brady was the race chair.

Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) handed out prizes– the silent auction in conjunction with the race is still going on here. That includes “big ticket items” like coffee with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and an invitation to a taping of CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Morning Reading List, 11.10.08

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