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Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Ken Vogel’s Big Money

photo 1Last night at Glen’s Garden Market, friends and colleagues came together to celebrate Ken Vogel‘s recent Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. The evening was hosted by Mike Allen, Dan Berman, Jeanne Cummings, Ryan Grim and Elizan Garcia, Maggie Haberman, John Harris, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fisher Martin, Laura McGann, Ben Smith, Rachel Smolkin, Liz Spavd, Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai, and Danielle Vogel.

POLITICOs from past and present were there, including CNN’s Chris Frates, WaPo’s Abby Phillip, NPR’s Juana Summers, NYT’s Bill Hamilton, WSJ’s Reid Epstein, POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, Megan Chan, Marty Kady, Katie Glueck, and Byron Tau.

Highlight: Craft beers and an oyster bar. Big money, naturally.

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NYT Taps Coral Davenport for Climate Beat

Coral DavenportWashington-based Coral Davenport will take over the climate and energy beat at The New York Times from John M. Broder. Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt explains in a memo posted on Times columnist Andy Revkin‘s Tumblr. Hat tip to Playbook:

Paul Volpe and Bill Hamilton used to work with her. John Broder competed with her. Carl Hulse knew her as a Hill reporter. I was simply one of her readers, and Elisabeth met her only recently. But we all had the same reaction: Coral Davenport is the perfect person to replace John as our climate-and-energy reporter in Washington. After a lunch interview with her, Elisabeth came back to the bureau and pronounced: “We should hire her immediately.”

Hire her we have.

Coral will start next month, joining us from National Journal, where she has written one great story after another. She writes fast and smart for the Web. She breaks news. She writes enterprise and magazine pieces that you read all the way to the end. Above all, she sees climate as a story about everything – politics, economics, foreign policy, science and, of course, the environment.

Before joining National Journal, Coral worked for Congressional Quarterly, Politico and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in Massachusetts. She has also spent three years as a journalist in Greece. The daughter of a Foreign Service officer, she grew up in Korea, Japan and Greece. Food Club alert: She is a devoted cook who has written many a restaurant review.

Coral arrives the first week in December.

Exodus from Politico Continues

Another Politico journalist is jumping ship. This time, it’s Charles Hoskinson, who is setting sail to join The Navy Times as their Managing Editor. He has been writing the Morning Defense column. Hoskinson has a long history as a military man and reporter. He served 10 years as an officer in the Army Reserve and Guard before diving into the world of journalism. He has also served as an embedded reporter with troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

It’s interesting to note that Hoskinson is the third Morning Defense writer to leave in less than two years. And the seventh national security or foreign affairs writer to leave since Politico began five years ago. He’s the fourth Politico reporter to bolt so far this year. Sarah Libby, Bill Hamilton, Karen Tanabe, and now Hoskinson have all left in 2012. (We’re not even counting Ben Smith and Marin Cogan, who left late December of last year.)

We have reached out to Politico’s Editor-in-Chief, John Harris, for a comment.

 

 

 

Hamilton Leaves Politico for NYT

Despite being promoted recently to Deputy Managing Editor from White House Editor, Bill Hamilton is leaving Politico for the NYT to be the National Security Editor.

VandeHarris hasn’t yet sent out a memo. But just in case they don’t, BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith reported the news on Twitter, saying, “New news: Bill Hamilton, of Politico and fmrly Wapo, lovely guy & great editor, headed to NYT DC bureau as nat’l security editor #congrats.”

Congratulations to Hamilton.

Politico Hires Globe Reporter to Pick Up the Slack

Politico has hired Boston Globe‘s Donovan Slack to be a senior reporter on their 44 page, which chronicles President Obama. She replaces Julie Mason, who worked on the White House team and recently left for Sirius XM Radio. As one reporter put it, “Donovan is a chick. Cool name!”

Indeed, welcome Donovan to Politico and to the Fishbowl.

In an internal memo, Politico‘s Bill Hamilton lays out plans for a new and improved 44 page. The highlight will be a White House blog that focuses on news and personalities. While the entire White House team will write for the blog, two reporters will anchor it — namely Donovan and Byron Tau, who has been hopping around as of late. For a year he worked for Ben Smith and then moved over to Mike Allen‘s team. Tau replaces Matt Negrin, who just left Politico for ABC News.

Congratulations to the new duo on anchoring the page.

See the memo…
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Politico Reporters/Editors: The Chosen Ones

We’ve learned specifics on which Politico reporters received the exclusive invite to the boss’s house on Sunday. As many know by now, Politico‘s Robert Allbritton and wife, Elena, held a post WHCD brunch at their Georgetown home, but only a small select group of journalists of the approximately 200 they employ were invited.

The List: Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim Vandehei, Bill Nichols, Danielle Jones, Kim Kingsley, Sara Olson, Bill Hamilton, Julie Mason, Jonathan Martin, Craig Gordon, Katherine Lehrer, Manu Raju, Tim Grieve and Mike Allen. Photographer John Shinkle and reporter Amie Parnes were there to cover the event. It’s unclear but doubtful that they would have been invited otherwise.

To the masses who didn’t get to eat fried mushroom puffs and caviar this weekend, don’t worry. They’re sure to send out a praiseworthy internal memo soon or offer catered lunch in the conference room.

UPDATE: We missed Politico’s chief political columnist Roger Simon, who also got to enjoy those mouthwatering mushroom puffs at the brunch. He attended with his wife, Marcia Kramer. “The food, which was catered by Wolfgang Puck, was terrific,” Simon remarked to FishbowlDC.

It’s Official: WaPo‘s Hamilton to Politico

Bill Hamilton, a 29-year WaPo veteran, has taken the paper’s 2009 buyout and is heading to Politico.

Jim VandeHei and John Harris announced the move in an email to staff this afternoon:

We’ll work out many of the details on arrival date and title later. Our conversations focused on the big picture: Would there be a good fit here for someone of Bill’s experience and journalistic vision on our leadership team? He and we both decided the answer was emphatically yes.

Full VandeHarris memo after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 02.04.09

Good Morning FishbowlDC!

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We’re dropping the “Muesli”… just join us after the jump!

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Merida As AME/National

FishbowlDC hears that Kevin Merida may soon be named the Washington Post’s AME/National…replacing Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

>UPDATE: Confirmed. Full memo from Phil Bennett and Marcus Brauchli after the jump…(and new roles are outlined for Bill Hamilton and Chandrasekaran)

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For WaPo Big Wigs, A Special Buffet

So…

Each election night at the Washington Post, a big buffet spread is provided to staffers, many of whom stay up late and work hard while the results roll in. It’s not only a tradition, but a fairly democratic one at that: Staffers like the fact that everyone from Don Graham on down gets a plate and waits in line and it can provide for some fun encounters.

But lots of Posties are grumbling about what they saw on Election Night: A separate buffet held in the office of National editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran that struck many as a bit exclusive and elitist. Other seen snacking with Rajiv: Post political editors Tim Curran and Bill Hamilton.

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